UMAPATHI CHIVACHCHARIYAR

When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are.

When we treat them as if they were what they should be,

they will become what they should be.

Kodikkavi

There is a story about Alexander the Great, that he was in search to find something which can make him immortal. Everybody is in search of something like that, and when Alexander is in search, he will find it - he was such a powerful man. He searched and searched, and once he reached to the cave where some wise man has told him that, “If you drink the water of that cave -there is a stream in the cave - you will become immortal.” Alexander must have been foolish. All Alexanders are foolish, otherwise he should have asked the wise man whether he had drunk from that stream or not. He didn’t ask; he was in such a hurry. And who knows? - he may not be able to reach the cave, and before he dies… so he rushed.

Jesus is talking from the heart and you are learning from the head and the difference is vast. The difference is almost unbridgeable, it is so vast. Knowledge is cheap, easily available. One can just go on sitting in a library and go on collecting knowledge. Man has so great a memory that it is said a single man’s memory system can contain all the libraries of thea single man’s memory system can contain all the libraries of the world. No computer has been yet evolved which can really compete with man’s memory system. It is almost unlimited and it can create such a great illusion of being wise.

Immortals Adore

He who stands the same to all, The Pure One, whom immortal Gods adore, Whom, even they, that daily stand beside, know not, Him I seek, praise, and meditate. 

Hear, all ye children of immortal bliss, also ye gods who dwell in the high heavens: Follow only in the footsteps of the illumined ones, and by continuous meditation merge both mind and intellect in the eternal Brahman. The glorious Lord will be revealed to you." -Shvetashvatara Upanishad

Children of Immortal Bliss , what a sweet, what a hopeful name. Allow me to call you, brethren, by that sweet name, heirs of immortal bliss. The Hindu refuses to call you sinners. You are the children of God, holy and perfect beings. Sinners? It is a sin to call a person so. It is a standing libel on human nature. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep. You are souls immortal, spirits free, blessed and eternal." –Swami Vivekananda

“Lead me from death to immortality” is part of a prayer at the beginning of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. In this final part of the Katha Upanishad we are given practical understanding of the way in which immortality is gained.

“The mortal in whose heart desire is dead becomes immortal. The mortal in whose heart the knots of ignorance are untied becomes immortal. These are the highest truths taught in the scriptures” (Katha Upanishad 2:3:14, 15)  When desire dies, when ignorance drops away, immortality is revealed. Practically speaking, we become immortal, but in reality we have always been immortal. Yet, like a millionaire who thinks he is a pauper, our immortality is of little meaning to us until we come to realize and experience it. Furthermore, the upanishad tells us that in essence this truth is the only spiritual teaching there is–not just “the highest truths” as Prabhavananda renders it. Shankara says that this is the only teaching in all the upanishads, however varying the approaches may be. The aspirant must not lose himself in philosophical byways, including those set forth in mountains of books on Yoga and Vedanta. He must keep his vision clear and focused by understanding that liberation is the only point the upanishads ever make.

 

It is easy to tell ourselves to rid ourselves of desire and ignorance, but how is that to be done, especially since we have been in the grip of these two ogres for creation cycles? The upanishad gives us the yogic key to rising above desire and ignorance into immortality:

“Radiating from the lotus of the heart there are a hundred and one nerves. One of these ascends toward the thousand-petaled lotus in the brain. If,when a man comes to die, his vital force passes upward and out through this nerve, he attains immortality; but if his vital force passes out through another nerve, he goes to one or another plane of mortal existence and remains subject to birth and death” (Katha Upanishad 2:3:16)

It is noteworthy that this comes at the very end of the upanishad. Yogananda used to say: “Yoga is the beginning of the end.” So it is appropriate that after all the philosophical exposition the yoga teaching should be given.

By “heart” is meant the hub–located in the midst of the upper trunk of the body–of subtle passages known as nadis (here translated “nerves”) through which the life force (prana) circulates throughout the gross and subtle bodies, just as the blood circulates from the heart through the veins of the physical body. One hundred of these nadis direct the life force to the life processes of the bodies and are the forces of embodiment. One unique nadi, however, rises directly upward from the heart-hub into the head. (This nadi rises from the heart directly into the head–it is not the passage in the midst of the spine.) If at the time of death the departing spirit leaves through that channel, he gains immortality. But if his consciousness attaches itself to any of the hundred other nadis he will be impelled into the subtle worlds that lead inexorably back to incarnation in relativity.

In every meditation we activate this channel, causing the life force to spontaneously and effortlessly, flow upward into the thousand-petalled lotus in the head toward the divine radiance that shines above and upon the upper levels of thelevels of the brain-lotus. Then at the end of life, having prepared himself by this practice, sitting in meditation the yogi ascends upward from the body into the realm of immortality.

Attaining immortality

PratyaksanumanagamahPramanami

Ratyaksa  = Perception

Anumana = Inference

Agamah = Scripture

Pramanani = Knowledge

Wisdom does not come from knowledge, it comes from love. Wisdom has nothing to do with logic but it has everything to do with love. Knowledge depends on logic and knowledge can give you a false notion of being, because knowledge is imitative. You can repeat beautiful saying of Jesus, the beatitude, and if you go on repeating them long enough you will start believing, you will auto-hypnotise yourself by constant repetition. You will start thinking, as if you know, and you don’t know at all.

He reached to the cave. Inside it, he was very happy: crystal clear the water was there; he had never seen such a water. And he was going to drink the water… suddenly a crow who was sitting in the cave said, “Stop! Don’t do it. I have done and I am suffering.” Alexander looked at the crow and said, “What are you saying? You have drunk, and what is the suffering?” He said, “Now I cannot die and I want to die. Everything is finished. I have known everything that life can give. I have known love and I have grown out of it. And I have known success; I was a king of crows, and now I am fed up, and I have known everything that can be known. And everybody I knew has died; they have gone back to rest, and I cannot rest. I have tried all efforts to commit suicide, but everything fails. I cannot die because I have drunk from this condemned cave. It is better that nobody knows about it. Before you drink, you meditate on my condition — and then you can drink.” It is said Alexander for the first time thought about it, and came back without drinking from that cave and that stream.

Darkness to Light

 

Today’s world is in so much darkness.  To be liberated from total sorrow and to attain happiness requires effort which only Supreme Soul can inspire us to make. He is then responsible for our effort. However, until you have a complete connection with Him, you should understand that you are responsible for your own actions. He is only responsible for our actions when we completely belong to Him. To put our hand in His hand meanscompletely belong to Him. To put our hand in His hand means to forge a complete connection.

The words of Vedanta and the teachings of the Sadguru, those in whome the vision of the Truth is born in all beings, are liberated while living.

The words of Vedanta reveal our true nature. Since the Self cannot be known as an object of knowledge, it has to be revealed by subtle and indicative methods. The language used in the Vedas is therefore, mystical. The teacher adopts a method best suited for the student he teaches.

What are proven theories?

 

Theories are said to derive their proof from one or the other of the following sources:

(1) direct perception, sense-experience, or intuition;

(2) deduction or extension of direct perception and sense-experience or beliefs: in the absence of direct proof or experience, indirect proof is deduced from the right or wrong application of principles of logic chosen by oneself, which often lead to vague generalisations or presumptions that “since the theory comes from a usually reliable source, it must be correct.”

(3) scriptural or other trustworthy testimony or authority – where, again, one accepts as proof the statements of those whom one has accepted as THE authority, such acceptance being blind and fanatic.

Life will be simply unbearable if there is no death. Love will be unbearable if there is no opposite to it. If you cannot separate from your beloved it will be unbearable; the whole thing will become so monotonous, it will create boredom. Life exists with the opposites  that’s why it is so interesting.

Wars cannot disappear from the world as long as it appears to man that he can be killed, that he can die. Regardless of how much Gandhi may teach nonviolence, or Buddha and Mahavira may teach it; no matter how many lessons of nonviolence are given in the world, as long as man does not experience from within that whatsoever is, is eternal, war cannot cease. Don’t think those who wield swords are brave people. A sword is proof that the man is a coward. Statues in the city square of those holding swords are statues of cowards. The brave man needs no sword in his hand because he knows it is childish to kill and to be killed.

But man creates a strange deception. He pretends he knows things he is ignorant about – all because of fear. Deep down he is fraught with fear, deep down he knows he will have to die – people are dying every day. He sees his body growing weaker inside – youth has passed, old age is approaching. He sees the body is on its way out, but inside he keeps reiterating. “The soul is immortal.” He tries to muster up his courage by doing so, and tells himself. “Don’t be afraid. Of course death is there, but the sages, the wise men say the soul is immortal.” Around such wise men talk about the immortality of the soul, people afraid of death gather in big crowds.

 

Janak asked: ”Oh lord, how does one attain wisdom? And how does liberation happen? And how is nonattachment attained? Please tell me this.”

Ashtavakra replied, ”Oh Beloved, if you want liberation then renounce the vishayas the passions as visha, poison and take forgiveness, innocence, compassion, contentment and truth as nectar.”

 

”If you want liberation then renounce the vishayas, the passions as visha, poison.” The word vishaya is very meaningful. It is derived from visha, poison. The meaning of visha is a substance which, if one eats it, one will die. The meaning of vishaya is that which, if we consume it, we die again and again. With passions we die again and again. With food we die again and again; with ambitions, anger, hatred, burning jealousy         consuming these, we go on dying again and again. We have died again and again because of these.Up until now, have we known living in life? We have known only death. Our life until now... where is the flaming torch of life? There is only the smoke of death. From birth to death we are gradually dying. Are we living? We die every single day. What we call life is a continual process of dying. We don’t know life yet: how can we live? The body goes on weakening every day, strength goes on decreasing every day. Enjoyment and passion go on sucking our energy every day, go on aging us. Passions and desires are like holes, and our energy, our being, goes on flowing out through them.

In the end our pail is empty – this is what we call death. Have you ever seen? – if you throw a bucket full of holes into a well, as long as it is submerged in water it seems to be full. Pull on the rope and lift it out of the water and already it has started emptying. It creates a great noise. Is this what you call life? Falling streams of water – is this what you call life? And as the bucket draws closer to your hands, it becomes more and more empty.

When it reaches your hands it is empty... not a single drop of water. This is how our life is. Ashtavakra says passions are poisonous, because by indulging them we simply die. We never get any life from them.

”Oh Beloved, if you want liberation then renounce the vishayas, the passions as visha, poison, and take forgiveness, innocence, compassion, contentment and truth as nectar.”

Nectar means that which gives life, that which gives immortality, ambrosia – when one has found it, one will never die again.

 

Garden of Life

 

Children should blossom in such a way that they turn to Him not just in need or during difficulties; they should be connected to the Lord at every point in time!

We dream of a Prosperous and a Just India.

We seek a united and truly educated India.

We need a corruption-free and efficient India.

Everyone thinks about what they need from India.

Have we ever thought what India needs from us?

If I need a new India, India needs a new me.

India is what we the people make it.

My Transformation Transforms Nation

 

It aims at giving the future citizens of India and the West a true vision of life to help them face challenges in a positive and dynamic manner and heartily contribute to society. The child is the focal point of this programme, which also embraces the school management, teachers and parents. Through the child, the light of this vision spreads to the society, the country, and the world at large.

Have you ever…

Wondered if there is more to life?

Wanted to contribute something worthwhile?

Searched for a higher purpose of living in the world?

Refused to give in to mediocrity and longed for excellence?

Experienced that itch “to be someone?”

Their hearts are touched by the joy of giving and they resolve to carry on such service even after they have walked into the wide world of competition. They truly become once for all, useful and dynamic contributors to society.

Spiritual Miles is a way of keeping track of your spiritual progress. Spiritual activities essentially have three components:

“Youth is a stage in human development when the personality is bursting with energy, enthusiasm and dynamism. This is also a phase in life when receptivity and retentivity are at the optimum. What they require is a clear vision of a goal in life and exercises for the cultivation of the right values of life to enable them to mould their personality and harness their inner resources along constructive channels. This systematic preparation alone can equip the youth to face the challenges of life with a smile.”

The youth have always been symbols of bountiful energy, ambitious dynamism, inspiring creativity, and dauntless courage. To uplift themselves and their world, to awaken harmony within and without, to apply their vibrant energy for the betterment of society, they only require a noble cause, a high ideal, a sense of deep devotion, and the right channels of service.

To empower youth with the vision, values and dynamism for success in all fields.

youth realize their latent and infinite inner potential. He insisted on knowledge through application, calling it ‘Spirituality in Action’ or ‘Dynamic Spirituality.’

A well trained and controlled mind stands a man in god stead, better than armies, It saves him from cowardice as well as pearls.

"Power, strength, shakti are the 'in' words in today's hi-stress environment. Huge amounts of money, time and attention are being spent on cultivation of physical strength, shakti and energy. But no one seems to be paying any attention to 'inner strength', that is so important when it comes to achievements of any kind - be it physical or mental.

"Never can a child’s education be complete unless we impart to them a true appreciation of the eternal values of life and also help them to open up their sense of beauty, rhythm, ethics, and aesthetics. We must give them a chance to discover and develop their talents and express them through music, dance, painting, and so forth."

Emotional stability is a wonderful thing to have, but in our age we see very little of it. But it must not be forgotten that the conflicts that appear in the outside world are only a manifestation of what is to be found within our own mind. These troubles may be reduced only if we can take greater care of our own mind and use it judiciously. It is a fact that just as our body is  affected by poisons and disease germs, so also our mind suffers as a result of harmful emotions. We are in constant conflict with our environment, but a greater struggle goes on within ourselves.

We are our own greatest problem.For each spiritual activity that you complete, you get some spiritual miles. Once you update your miles you cannot go back and reduce them. These goals and miles are only for self – evaluation and tracking and so please update the activity only when you have completed. When you reach your goal your name will automatically figure in the list of successful aspirants on our site with appropriate recognition. Please read the various options for spiritual miles under the sections and how to earn miles from them. Only after reading these miles, we suggest you set your goals with proper planning. Remember the maxim – Not too loose, Not too tight, Just Right. Please plan your activities so that they are just beyond your reach so that it impels you to strive harder and brings out the best in you on the spiritual.

Man is unique, and everybody should be respected as a world in himself. He is neither inferior to anybody nor is he superior to anybody; he is alone.In this aloneness there is beauty. You are no longer a mob, a crowd; you are yourself.

The first principle of teaching is that nothing can be taught – Aurbindo

Indian higher education is a bewildering scenario. It is full of contradictions and paradoxes. Lakhs of colleges and thousands of universities, still growing fast in numbers. On the other, quality in higher education, both in professional and non professional colleges, is drastically diminishing.

With the largest network of higher education, India still has largest number of illiterates in the whole world. Millions of our graduates are unemployables and unskilled. Private participation in educational sector is fast growing, but the high commercialisation of education is also going on un-checked and un-abated.             Along with these problems and malady’s, lack of sensitivity to values is the worst casualty in Indian higher education.  

In short, the picture is alarming, if not frightening. It is decadent, dismal, highly-commercial and de-humanised. Is Indian higher education creating “self-centred, socially un-concerned, de-humanised, intelligent rascals as graduates, with few great exceptions please”!? There appears to be some truth in the above observation.

Of course, there is a overall decadence and degradation in Indian political, social and economic institutions in post-independenceIndia.

It is but natural, educational system as a part of the political-economy, isequally degraded. Corruption,everywhere and aggressive selfishness everywhere! Naturally it spreads. It is spreading like a wild-fire into educational sector too. Why it happened? What are the reasons and causes for this overall deterioration in our way of life and in our education system?!

The answer for this fundamental question should be the starting point and basis for the reforms in higher education and for launching the process of inculcation of values in higher education/ graduates.

After the British left, independent India had a great vision and mission to create a democratic, equitable, socialist, liberal humane and secular nation with inclusive growth as its strategy. Of course India’s growth rate was slow, nay discouragingly slow during the first  4 decades of independence, say up to 1990.

With this background, we have launched a new economic policy [1991]. Welcomed private participation in investments. Opened the doors for globalisation and global investments. In short, economy is liberalised, to an extent; our “permitlicense and quota Raj” is liberalised!

Since then, Indian economy has grown faster, 6 to 8% in the first decade 5 to 7% in the later years [by overall spread of growth rate]. Alas, with this fast economic growth rate, and with newly acquired wealth and employment, a new consumer class has emerged in Indian society ranging 250 to 300 million people in size.

For New political class [with few exceptions] earning of money is a must. No values no human considerations! Corruption or no corruption. Marketing is the way of life Profitability is the only Mantra. For them what they have is more important than what they are! Standard of living [consuming goods and services] is more important than quality of life!

In this process of economic globalisation, we have lost our social and spiritual moorings. Post liberalisation generation of youth [since 1991] have grown rootless and became aliens to Indian culture, Indian heritage, Indian spirituality and Indian family values and community values.

Added to this, fast emerged network technologies, along with social networks, websites and mobiles, haveimpersonalised the family culture. Hunt for privacy has killed the values of social living and community living. In addition to this, success-cult, success at any cost, has led to the exclusive self- centredness in the youth, few exceptions please! As a result, no values what so ever in chasing the success.

In short, the so called globalisation [in fact it is westernisation] not only in economy but in our total way of life, has tremendously and disastrously effected the values in Indian way of life, in its culture, heritage and values.

How did we become so materialistic civilisation, so commercial and so utilitarian a nation in such a short time of few decades [after independence]?! How this transformation from our ancient civilisation based on the values of simple living, sacrifice and self- restraint on wants took place so fast and in such a short time to be so materialistic, so self-centred and such-success-chasing obsessive life!. It is an enigma even for great social scientists!

In such a scenario of no-values-society, is it possible to inculcate all the great values in higher education, which after all is a subsystem in the vast political economy of the country and that too in such a heterogeneous nation?

Before we answer this question, we have to be clear about what the real values are and the real meaning of values! Then only we can spell out the concrete strategies and action –initiatives to disseminate the values through Indian higher education.

Values

 

What are values?

Each man may have his own values in view of his experience. But then there may be hundred thousand values for different people! We must define values precisely and clearly. These must be core-values nay fundamental values which are universal in nature. What is the source and genesis of these values? As a nation, India had a very rich and precious heritage; we may call it “Indian ethos”. Indian way of life is based on this ethos and these values which have been practiced for past 4 to 5 thousand years in India,the Bharath.

This ethos comes from Vedas, Upanishads, Darshanas, Bhagavadgeetha, Budda’s teachings and Jain texts. What are the fundamental values emanating from these sources?

The most modern interpretation of these values and Indian ethos has come from the writings of RajarammohanRoy [initiator of Indian renaissance in 19th century], Vivekananda, Aurobindo, Rabindranath Tagore, M.N.Roy, Mahatma Gandhi and J.Krishnamurthi.These values are:

 

Essential / Fundamental Values:

 

‘Simple-living and High thinking’ [saralajeevana and unnathabhavana]

‘Satyam-Vadha, Dharmam-Chara’ speaking the truth and practicing ‘Dharma’, an order of natural justice.

‘Ahimsa ParamoDharmaha’ practicing non-violence in thought, speech and action.

‘Let noble thoughts come from all sides [AanoBhadro]

‘Vinayam, vivekam, vidyalakshanam’ humility to women, the under-privileged and seniors as an index of real education and culture.

‘SamyamanaJeevitham’ Self-restraint on wants,desires and needs in life

‘Know thyself’ Self-awareness is the highest knowledge, knowing one’s emotions and instincts. [greed,jealousy, anger, lust ego etc.]

‘SanthruptiJeevanam’ Certain contentment and satisfaction in life.

Adopting Right means for Right ends.

 

Coming to Social Values

 

All fundamental rights enshrined in our great constitution are the fundamental values which every one of us has to practice, respect and adhere.

‘Sarveyjanasukhinobhavanthu’ Happiness and welfare of all, indicating inclusive growth.

‘Trustee ship’ Theprivileged people acting as the guardians and custodians of the under-privileged and their interests is an implied social dictum in Upanishads. [Gandhiji re advocated it during his time]

Open and liberal mind-set and attitude above the caste, class creed religion and region.

The spirit of scientific enquiry and investigation

Rational and humanistic out-look beyond superstition, bigotry and prejudice.

Success through hard work and righteous way and not success at any cost!

Co-operative and communitarian approach to social-development, instead of cut-throat, competitive and unhealthy approach [coming from the west]in development.

Love and concern to nature, environment and ecology, not aggressive destruction of nature in the name of development!

Need fulfilment in life, not chasing the greed.

Comfortable life- not the indulgence and addiction to luxury.

There could be many more values; However by definition, the values must be for all people and for all times, universal in nature and “with natural Justice” as a goal.

How to inculcate and disseminate the values in our youth in higher education, particularly in graduates and post-graduates?

Are there any techniques, strategies and methods to disseminate the values to students/youth?.

Techniques and Action Initiatives

 

Of course, there are methods; if not we have to invent effective methods for inculcating values in higher education. In some of the states, we experimented with a method for teaching values in colleges! We have created a separate paper to teach values with an examination at the end of the year! Alas! It is agrand failure and turned to be a mockery of teaching values!

Values cannot be taught in a separate paper, that too in a classroom alone!

Values have to be taught in the families. For this, values have to be part and parcel of way of life in the families. Parents, society and community have to believe in the values and practice them! Teaching a value of integrity and non-violence in the class and student-father indulging in corruption and practicing cutthroat success in life do not go together!

In this context, the “elite society” can make much impact on youth, if they practice the values, not preaching!

The elite, consisting of policymakers, administrators, professionals like doctors,engineers, accountants, teachers etc. and all other highly privileged sections in society, if they practice values; they will percolate easily to youth and have lasting impact on them [practical value] [Yadha-Raja Thadha-praja] What the elite practices, other follows, Bhagavadgitha]

Dissemination of values to youth, shall be a social-movement and mission. For this, second national renaissance is required to come; out of our corruption, greed, self-centred, narrow approach to humanistic, co-operative Indian way of life based on the real Indian ethos and values.

Mentoring as a process must be an integral part in higher education institutions “a mentor/teacher acting as a personal friend, philosopher and guide to 6 to 10 students”.

Personal counselling, particularly for aberrant youth and astray students, [prodigal students] will go a long way in spreading values to youth. For this, teachers/professors have to live a way of life based on values, before they teach values to youth. But how can we expect teachers alone, as a segment, to live value-based life, while all other segments of population are steeped in no-values life, decadent-life and degraded civilisation? [what a great fall my countrymen since independence]!

Before we teach values to youth, [based on Indian ethos] they must be de-toxified and de-addicted from the internet-technology as an obsession and indulgence!

Otherwise, all the teachings of values will have no impact on the technology addicts and drug addicts, whose sole aim is success at any cost! ; no-relationships, no-values, no-humanity, no social-concern and no-empathy to anybody and to anything, including the nature and environment!

Of course technology is a great aid and help to mankind, but it should not be at the expense of humanity, destroying the human civilisation and values like epic’s ‘Bhasmasurahastha’.

Many people who want to achieve success in life, career or business fail to do it because they don't know what it takes to be successful and how the road to success looks like. They just see the final result, which is the successful person, without having any idea about what this person went through.

By knowing the inspirational stories of successful people you will learn how the road to success looks like and your chance of succeeding in life will become much higher.

Inspirational stories of successful and famous people

Below are short and quick inspirational stories of some of the most successful people that can help you know a lot about the approach required to reach success.

LET’S DO WHAT INDIA NEEDS FROM US

Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.

Swami Vivekananda’s  Reading  Mode :

 

Librarian carefully observed that while reading a book Swami just used to turn over the pages of it, very quickly, from beginning to end— and that was his reading, he finished reading the entire book. He was able  to answer correctly any question from 10 volumes Encyclopædia Britannica,several times he even quoted exact words used in the book.

Stephen king's Inspirational Success Story :

 Most people know Stephen king the famous writer but few know about his life story. Stephen's first novel was rejected almost everywhere it was submitted to the extent that he threw it in the garbage!! His wife got the story out of the garbage and insisted that he submits it again and in the end he became the Stephen king we know now!! There is a very important lesson you must come up with from this inspirational success story which is that rejections should make no sense at all if you believe in yourself

Bill Gates Success Story:

 Bill gates the founder of Microsoft is one of the most inspirational business leaders living these days but do you know that his idea of creating a computer that has a graphical interface and a mouse was rejected when he first submitted it to another company? some people even say that the papers of the project were thrown in his face!! Now he became bill gates!!

Thomas Edison Motivational Success Story:

Thomas Alva Edison success story is one of the stories that can motivate anyone after experiencing failure. Thomas failed about 999 times to invent the lamp before he succeed in doing it on the 1000th attempt. When people asked him how did you manage to keep going even though you were failing all the time he replied telling them, each time it didn't work i used to say i discovered a new way how to not invent the lamp. Thomas Edison success story should make you conclude that failure should never stop you even if it occurred more than once.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born to Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma on October 15, 1931. He came from a family whose financial conditions weren’t sound enough. As a means to support his family’s meagre income, Kalam took up odd jobs in his childhood but never gave up  his education. An Indian scientist and administrator, Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 until 2007. One amongst the most respected people of the country, Kalam has contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president. His contribution at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been immense. He was responsible for numerous projects such as Project Devil and Project Valiant and launch of the Rohini-1, besides developing missiles under the missions Agni and Prithvi. For the same, he has been popularly tagged as the “Missile Man of India”. Today dynamic change is needed in thinking from "What can I take?" to the spirit of "What Can I Give

Asanas evolved over time into the system we know as hatha yoga, as a more comprehensive system was felt to be needed not only to keep the body and energy in better condition but as a physical and vital doorway to the discovery of yoga or the unity of things.

Yoga is more concerned with 'being' and not satisfied by merely doing. All doing must enable discovery and transformation of being. Being aware of the activity of the mind is itself disentanglement from thought.

In the practice of yoga asanas, we have an opportunity to discover that it is possible to do something with full awareness and without the interference of thought. This is not to say that asanas are some kind of physical activity that do not require thinking, but to suggest that the inner intelligence is perfectly capable of acting—doing the asana intelligently.

Radioactivity and radiation existed long before the evolution of the life on the earth, excessive radiation exposure is, no doubt, harmful and can cause genetic disorder, which may even be fatal. Further the flow of free radical production is conventionally attributed to too much urbanization, pollution and junk food. Apart from radioactive exposure and oxygen free radicals, many wrong habits and irregularity in lifestyles may lead to poor state of may lead to poor state of fitness and ultimately results in various health hazards. Therefore, there is a need to develop systematic strategy to educate the common people and making them conscious to prevent their fitness and health.

Rationale of Yoga for Promotion of Health, Fitness and Values Yoga is of great relevance to mind-body medicine because of the way it looks at life. The yogic view of life is the best prescription even written for lasting peace and joy, which are independent of external events and circumstances.

Emotion is a Rajas guna of Prakriti, which is responsible for many types of disease. Psychophysiologically, emotions act upon our body through hypothalamus which controls ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) and the endocrine systems. Negative emotions like anger, fear, greed, jealousy give rise to somatic illness where on the other hand positive emotions like love, compassion, friendship, affection etc. give the strength to combat the stress. Illness due to negative emotions includes hyper acidity, hypertension, insomnia, menstrual disturbances, loss of appetite etc.

Yoga plays a vital role as the ancient Indian healing art. Classical Yoga is a science of human psychology. It works on three-facet viz. mental, physical & social states resulting in improved health, lesser greed for possession & efficient management of human life. Ageing changes are of physical, psycho-physiological and biochemical nature. In ageing all aerobic organisms are exposed to oxidative stress and gradually the functioning abilities of almost all organs are reduced. This in fact leads to reduce one's immunity power and as a result overall health related fitness declines. In old age since body does not permit for vigorous activities, one can think of yoga a healthy lifestyle. The claims of traditional Yoga texts and supportive research evidences indicate that Yoga is a powerful way of life not only to improve one's health related fitness but also show path to live healthy in delaying old age.

Through asana practice, you directly see the intelligence within, which is beyond the ego, at work. This intelligence is not burdened with your hopes, ambition and preference and you see that all of this is added on by the ego and that there is now a separation between the inner intelligence and the ego. The inner intelligence deals with what actually is here, the asana you are doing. The ego deals with what it would like, prefer or what it hopes for that is, thought.

The inner intelligence does not respond to thought as it is the ego's creation and sustained by it. The ego dwells and flourishes in its own abyss or in waves of thought. You quickly learn that by following the inner intelligence, you discover just how long you can stay in the asana and when you can extend further. There is no struggle at all. Struggle is experienced when you 'try' to do it with all your skill, even though the asana seems difficult.

The practice of asanas is not about the difficulty of the asana but about difficulty period. Difficulty is the resistance felt by the interference of the ego with the reality of what actually is or the situation right now.

 

Physical Benefits of Asana Practice

 

Some of the physical benefits of specific asanas are listed along with the images that follow. These just come; no need to chase after them or be concerned with things like body sculpting. Being fully aware of the inner process is mental sculpting chiseling away the ego by disuse and using the inner intelligence instead. The physical will just happen, let it come.

PSYCHIC GESTURE OF KNOWLEDGE

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.”

Gyan mudra helps to sharpen the memory, improves the mental focus, concentration and spiritual feeling.  The tip of the thumb has centers for pituitary and other endocrine glands. So  pressing of a thumb tip activates them. Gyna Mudra, is a classic energy sealing Mudra used in Meditations. Gyan comes from the Sanskrit word to Hindi as “Gyan” or “Guyan” meaning knowledge. The Gyana Mudra is the Mudra of Knowledge and Wisdom.

The science of yoga also describes these as a means of controlling or altering the mood by reorienting or focusing the flow of prana (vital spiritual energy) in desired direction or concentrating it at specific extrasensory nuclei inside the body. This is why modern yoga literature also explains mudras as "seal" or "circuit bypass" for vital energy currents.The palms and fingers of the hands contain many nerve root endings, which constantly emit bioelectric energy. Touching or pressing specific points on the fingers and the thumb folded in specific manner completes an energy circuit and activates specific nerve or nerve bundle and thus triggers specific signals because of that certain mudras are suitable for certain kinds of mental and physical effects.

The importance of specific points and portions of hand (and other parts of the body) can also be seen in healing effects of acupressure on the physical body. Being emanated primarily from the science of spirituality, the yoga practices pertain to consciousness force. The advanced effects of yoga, and of the hand mudras in particular are therefore associated with mental refinement, deep meditation and spiritual conditioning. However, like the asanas, in elementary practices practices as well, when one properly practices these as physical exercises, the mudras induce soothing effects on the mind body system. In this article we shall consider some such elementary aspects.

When this gesture is employed to heal physical complaints, it makes no difference whether the Jnana Mudra or the Chin Mudra (Ćin Mudra) is practiced. According to Keshav Dev, this mudra is a universal remedy for improving states of mental tension and disorder, as well as for promoting memory and concentration.

It clears the mind-and we all want to have a "clear head" in any situation. It is also used for insomnia, as well as sleepiness depression, and high blood pressure. This mudra activates the metal (white gold) element and is associated with the color white like a sun in midday. White is the apparent void in which fullness is concealed. White is the color of birth and death, of a new beginning and completion. White is also the color of unity and peace and clarity and purity. White clears the mind and brings peace to the soul.

Benefits

 

  • Alleviating nervous tension from the body

  • Boosting memory

  • Curing insomnia

  • Developing creativity

  • Enhancing spirituality

  • Increasing mental peace

  • Regulating the flow of air in the body

  • Stabilizing the mind

The tips of both the thumbs have three main acupressure points connected with the brain, pineal gland and pituitary gland. Pressure applied at these points results in the generation of an electromagnetic current, which makes the brain and the pineal gland more active. This enhances memory, concentration and thinking capabilities. When one sits in Jnana Mudra, the first finger applies pressure on the thumb at this specific point, which naturally brings about the above advantages.

The Pineal gland is located in the space between the eyebrows. In Yoga, it has a correlation with the Ajna Chakra. It is very active in children but after the age of 8 or 9, it’s activity decreases and the pituitary gland becomes more active. As a result, emotions become more intense. This is the reason why some children become emotionally unbalanced and mentally perturbed with the onset of puberty, and end up with indulging in untoward actions. In order to develop the pineal gland and delay its atrophy, as well as to bring the pituitary gland under control, it is necessary to inculcate the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, etc. in children when they reach the age of 7 to 8 years.

Practice

 

Jnana mudra is used as a meditative gesture. Hence sit in any comfortable meditation asana like padmasana, sukhasana, swastikasana or siddhasana.

Fold the index finger and let it touch the base of the thumb. The forefinger forms a circle, but the thumb points straight out.

  • Straighten the other three fingers gently.

  • Place your hands on the knees with palm downwards.

  • The three fingers should point forward and downwards.

  • Adjust your position of the hands and relax the shoulders.

  • Keep the spine straight and practice your meditation technique.

  • Continue in this position for the full duration of your meditation.

WORLD IN THE WOMB

The fetus is continually active in and reactive to its environment’ Fetus can gather information to adapt better to the world it will face.. while inside the womb!

The explosive rate of growth and development that occurs during the period before birth is unparalleled at any other point in the lifespan. In just 266 days, a single fertilized cell develops into a sentient human newborn infant. While information regarding the structure of the developing embryo and fetus has long been available, knowledge concerning prenatal development of function is more recent. The advent of real-time ultrasound and improvements in electronic fetal heart rate monitoring technology in the early 1980s were followed by a wave of research on fetal neurobehavioral development. A renewed surge of interest in the prenatal period as the foundation for later life has recently been fostered by enormous attention devoted to “fetal programming” in relation to later health and well-being.

Prenatal intelligence and memory were not a part of research until 1970s. Till then fetus was considered as blind and deaf and no body ever imagined that fetus could gather information while in the womb. Even doctors did not care about using anesthetics while dealing with fetuses.

But the insight into the developmental aspects of embryo have changed the whole perspective of these things. There are strong evidences that fetus can hear,smell and even memorize the information it receives.

In order to discover whether or not a fetus can leam from the external environment, it is important to understand if and when it has the biological prerequisites for learning. In order for a child to leam in the womb, certain biological characteristics are necessary.

The brain and central nervous system (CNS) must be capable of relaying and interpreting information from the other necessary component—the senses. If all of these pieces of the puzzle are present and put together correctly, it is possible for the child to leam. The question is: Can the fetus leam from the extemal environment?

Brain and Central Nervous System Development

To fully explore the area of prenatal brain and CNS development, I gathered information about the formation of these organs, the brain growth spurt, brain differentiation and growth rate, hormones involved in development, and studies of prematurely bom infants. By studying these different topics, a composite picture can be developed that details how the brain and CNS operate before birth.

 

In the book Developmental Psychology. Shaffer details the formation of the unbom child from conception through delivery. There are three phases in the development of a baby.

The first phase, called the germinal period, or period of the zygote, lasts from the moment the sperm meets the egg through the second week after conception. The next phase, the embryonic period, spans the third through the end of the eighth week. The third, and last, phase is the period of the fetus, or fetal period, and continues from the ninth week through birth. (Shaffer 111) During each of these three phases, numerous changes are taking place within the womb.

In order to further examine the biological aspects of the developing fetus in the womb and its ability to receive stimuli from the extemal environment, it is necessary to study the development of the senses within the womb. Without the senses, information cannot be received from the environment. The senses allow sound, taste, touch, smells and visual stimuli to be received as well as the sensation of movement. This section addresses when the senses are formed and the use of the senses in the study of leaming ability.

Now that the issue of biology has been explored, we can consider the possibility that a fetus has the psychological prerequisites for leaming as well. To understand whether or not there is a "psychology of the fetus," the areas of cognition, tabula rasa versus innate knowledge, and dreaming will rasa versus innate knowledge, and dreaming will be discussed. The biological capability to learn is not enough; there must be a component of cognitive competence as well. These areas of psychology are meant to demonstrate that the fetus has not only the biological connections, but also the capability to use them.

In an experiment women were allowed to hear an opera song throughout their pregnancy periods. Then, when the researchers analyzed the response of the babies of these women to the same song which their mothers heard during pregnancy researchers were amazed to see that they became calm and relaxed. But the babies of women who never heard the song during their pregnancy started crying or were did not respond at all.

According to one scientist “fetus is bathing in mothers sound”. Scientists analyzed that fetus can hear very loud sounds from outside. It can clearly hear mother;s sound. The vibrations of mother’s sound propagate through mother’s bones and cartilages to amniotic fluid and finally reach fetus ear.  Fetus can therefor distinguish mother’s voice from other voices. In another experiment, an audio recorder was attached to a nipple and babies were allowed to suck it. Baby can suck and hear a sound after that. Researchers observed that they sucked more when an audio of their mother’s sound was played.  Fetus can, during the final stages of pregnancy grasp even a whole word!

Fetus is largely influenced by its mothers physiological and psychological conditions during pregnancy. Regarding the influence of song, it is not what the mothers hear during pregnancy but what enjoyment she drives from doing that which shapes the baby’s immediate response. An example is that babies of mothers who liked rock songs but forced to hear classical songs during their pregnancy completely lost interest in classical songs!

THE WANDERING NERVE

There's a single nerve that connects all of your vital

organs and it might just be the future of medicine

A new treatment was being developed that would lead to research into how we might use our minds to stave off disease.

If Tracey was right, inflammation in body tissues was being directly regulated by the brain. Because the vagus nerve, like all nerves, communicates information through electrical signals,

The vagus nerve starts in the brainstem, just behind the ears. It travels down each side of the neck, across the chest and down through the abdomen. ‘Vagus’ is Latin for ‘wandering’ and indeed this bundle of nerve fibres roves through the body, networking the brain with the stomach and digestive tract, the lungs, heart, spleen, intestines, liver and kidneys, not to mention a range of other nerves that are involved in speech, eye contact, facial expressions and even your ability to tune in to other people’s voices.

It is made of thousands and thousands of fibres and 80 per cent of them are sensory, meaning that the vagus nerve reports back to your brain what is going on in your organs.

Operating far below the level of our conscious minds, the vagus nerve is vital for keeping our bodies healthy. It is an essential part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is   responsible for calming organs after the stressed ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline response to danger. Not all vagus nerves are the same, however: some people have stronger vagus activity, which means their bodies can relax faster after a stress.

The vagus nerve works as a two-way messenger, passing electrochemical signals between the organs and the brain

low vagal tone, whose physical and mental health could benefit from giving it a boost? Low vagal

It has the potential to completely change how we view disease.

“Research shows that a high vagal tone makes your body better at regulating blood glucose levels, reducing the likelihood of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Low vagal tone, however, has been associated with chronic inflammation. One of the vagus nerve’s jobs is to reset the immune system and switch off production of proteins that fuel inflammation. Low vagal tone means this regulation is less effective and inflammation can become excessive.”

tone is associated with a range of health risks, whereas people with high vagal tone are not just healthier, they’re also socially and psychologically stronger – better able to concentrate and remember things, happier and less likely to be depressed, more empathetic and more likely to have close friendships.

Stimulate The Vagus Nerve with Bhramari and Shanmukhi Mudra Bliss arises in the heart, Regular practice of bhramari pranayama.

Rewiring the brains of children and adults who lack safety, self-regulation, capacity for play, and executive functioning.

As I remembered from anatomy, the vagus nerve (cranial nerve x) innervates the diaphragm but what failed to register in class is that the vagus nerve also innervates much of our viscera – in fact all of our internal organs with the notable exception of the adrenal glands. It supplies parasympathetic fibers to these organs, meaning that the vagus nerve is a “rest and digest” nerve, not a fight or flight nerve. Van der Kolk quotes from Darwin’s work, “the heart, guts and brain communicate intimately via a nerve” – the pneumogastric or vagus nerve – “the critical nerve in the expression and management of emotions in both humans and animals…. When the mind is strongly excited it instantly affects the state of the viscera.” This is, of course, why our guts react strongly to our emotional state.

You cannot directly and consciously stimulate your vagus nerve like you would with an electrical device. But you can indirectly stimulate your vagus nerve by getting yourself into the rest-and-digest mode because this nerve gets activated during the parasympathetic response.

Remember which parts of your body the vagus nerve branches out to? It goes to your throat, lungs, heart and abdominal organs (not the large skeletal muscles). Which of those parts do you have control over? You cannot consciously control your heart, your kidneys or your small intestine, but you can control the depth of your breathing (to a certain degree) and the muscles of your larynx (that open and close the vocal cords and control the pitch of sound), which the branches of the vagus nerve also happen to innervate. So then it would make sense that to facilitate the parasympathetic response in the body (and stimulate the vagus nerve), we would need to exert influence over those two main areas.

When your mind perceives something dangerous or stressful it activates the sympathetic nervous system which dumps adrenalin and other stress hormones into your body and your body responds the blood pulls toward large skeletal muscles, you begin to breathe faster and so on. So your body is now ready to “fight or flight” and sends a signal of readiness to your brain. The brain perceives that your body is wound up and interprets it as confirmation that there is real danger present and continues with the stress response, which, in turn, keeps the body in a fight-or-flight mode, which then sends those stress signals back to the brain  and so the cycle goes on and on.

To break out of the loop you need to activate your parasympathetic nervous system (the rest-and-digest mode) and there are two ways to do it – to convince your mind that there is no more danger or to stop the biological stress response so that the body signals the mind that it is no longer in a fight-or-flight mode. What’s important to us here is that the vagus nerve would communicate both of those messages, since it is responsible for most of parasympathetic messaging both from the brain to the body and from the body to the brain. And since 80% of its fibers communicate the information from the body to the brain, one could argue that the state of the body (whether it’s agitated or calm) has a great impact on the state of the mind.

The breath is probably the single best way to affect the autonomic nervous system, which in turn controls the function of every internal organ, as well as systems like digestion and immunity.

The noise of bhramari's buzzing can drown out the endless mental tape loops that can fuel emotional suffering, making it a useful starting point for those whose minds are too "busy" to meditate.

Bhramari, a safe, easy-to-learn practice, has tremendous therapeutic potential. Like other pranayamas, its power comes partly from its effects on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Lengthening the exhalation relative to the inhalation activates the calming parasympathetic branch of the ANS. For those who suffer from anxiety or anxious (rajasic) depression, the practice can begin to quiet the mind within a few breaths. The noise of bhramari’s incessant buzzing can drown out the endless mental tape loops that can fuel emotional suffering, at least for a few minutes, making it a useful starting point for those whose minds are too “busy” to meditate.

Bhramari pranayama, or honeybee breathing, is one of the few yogic practices that connects breath, sound, and posture. The fingers are placed in a special mudra that closes off the senses while the buzzing “mmmm” sound of a bee is made with each exhalation.

The sound waves gently vibrate the vocal chords, teeth, lips, and even the brain, reverberating energy around the third eye chakra (ajna). This balances the nervous system and produces immediate feelings of mental clarity, making honeybee breathing a powerful pranayama practice.

Time to Catch Your Breath

Bhramari pranayama can be practiced at any time, although early mornings are most beneficial. The same goes for all yoga. The two hours before sunrise are especially sattvic and awaken psychic sensitivity. It’s also helpful to practice honeybee breathing before meditation, as it brings your awareness inward.

 

Step by Step

 

1) Sit comfortably with the spine straight.

2) Close the eyes. Close the lips, separating the teeth slightly. Take three natural breaths.

3) Bring the hands near the face for six-gated mudra (shanmukhi). Press the flaps of the ears in with the thumbs, and gently rest the index fingers on the inner eyelids. Rest the middle fingers above the nostrils, the ring fingers above the lips, and the pinky fingers below the lips.

4) Take a natural inhalation.

5) Exhale slowly while making a soft, mellow humming sound like a bee. The sound should continue for the whole length of the exhalation. This completes one round.

6) Repeat the steps above five more times to practice six full rounds of breath.

VEENA OF LIFE

Life isn't about finding yourself.

Life is about creating yourself.

Except for the body of man there is no other veena of life. And there are some strings in the body of man which should neither be too tight nor too loose. Only in that balance does man enter into music.

To know that music is to know the soul. When a man comes to know the music within himself, he knows the soul; and when he comes to know the music hidden within the whole, he knows God, the supreme soul.

Where are the strings of this veena of man’s body? The first thing is: there are many strings in the brain which are very tight. They are so tight that music cannot arise from them. If somebody touches them, only madness arises and nothing else. And we are all living with the strings of our brains being very tight. For twenty-four hours a day we are keeping them tense, from morning till evening. And if somebody thinks that they may be relaxed at night, he is mistaken. Even during the night our brain is stressed and tense.

Previously we did not know what goes on in a man’s brain during the night but now machines have been invented while you are sleeping the machine will go on reporting what your brain is doing inside.

At this time, in America and Russia, there are about a hundred laboratories testing what a man does in his sleep. About forty thousand people have been experimented upon while sleeping during the night. The results that have been found are very surprising. The results are that whatever a man does during the day, he does during the night. Whatsoever he does the whole day.... If he runs a day we are keeping them tense, from morning till evening. And if somebody thinks that they may be relaxed at night, he is mistaken. Even during the night our brain is stressed and tense.

Previously we did not know what goes on in a man’s brain during the night but now machines have been invented while you are sleeping the machine will go on reporting what your brain is doing inside.At this time, in America and Russia, there are about a hundred laboratories testing what a man does in his sleep. About forty thousand people have been experimented upon while sleeping during the night. The results that have been found are very surprising.

The results are that whatever a man does during the day, he does during the night. Whatsoever he does the whole day.... If he runs a shop in the daytime then even at night he is running the shop. If the mind worries the whole day then it goes on worrying during the night. If it is angry during the day then it remains angry during the night.

The night is the reflection of the whole day, it is its echo. Whatsoever happens in the mind during the day resounds as an echo during the night. Whatsoever has been left incomplete, the mind tries to complete it during the night. If you were angry and you did not express anger totally towards some person, if the anger was left incomplete or stuck, then the mind releases it at night. By expressing total anger, the string of the veena tries to be reach its proper state. If somebody has fasted during the day, then at night he eats in his dream. Whatsoever has been left incomplete during the day tries to get completed at night. So whatsoever the mind does during the day, it does the same thing the whole night. For twenty-four hours the mind is tense; there is no rest. The strings of the mind are never relaxed. The strings of the mind are very tense.... That is one thing.

And the second thing is: the strings of the heart are And the second thing is: the strings of the heart are very loose. The strings of our hearts are not tight at all. Do we know something like love? We know anger, we know envy, we know jealousy, we know hatred. Do we know something like love? Perhaps we would say that we do. Sometimes we love. Perhaps we would say that we hate and we love also. But do you know...? Can there be a heart which hates and loves also? It is the same as saying that a person is sometimes alive and  sometimes dead. We cannot believe this, because a man can either be alive or he can be dead. Both these things cannot happen simultaneously. That a man is sometimes alive and sometimes dead is not possible, it is impossible. Either the heart knows only hate or the heart knows only love. There can be no compromise between the two. In a heart which has love, hatred becomes impossible.

greater proportions of hate itself. There is no love there at all. The mistake happens because of the degrees. Because of the degrees you may mistakenly think that cold and heat are two different things. They are not two different things. Heat and cold are gradations of the same thing. If theratio of heat becomes less, then something starts feeling cold. If the ratio of heat becomes more,then the same thing starts feeling hot. Cold is another form of heat. They seem to be opposite, different, enemies of each other, but they are not. They are condensed and non-condensed forms of the same thing. We know hatred in the same way. The less condensed form of hate we understand as love and the very condensed form of hate we understand as hate – but love is in no way a form of hate. Love is a totally different thing to hate. Love has no relation to hate.

The strings of our heart are totally loose. From those loose strings the music of love does not arise neither does the music of bliss. Have you ever known bliss in your life? Can you say about some moment that it was a moment of bliss and that you recognized and experienced bliss? It is difficult to say with authenticity that you have ever known bliss.

EYE SIGHT

Exercising your body makes it stronger.

So can exercising your eyes make your vision stronger.

The Bates method is an alternative therapy aimed at improving eyesight. Eye-care physician William Horatio Bates, M.D., (1860–1931) attributed nearly all sight problems to habitual strain of the eyes, and felt that glasses were harmful and never necessary. detailing his approach to helping people relax such "strain", and thus, he claimed, improve their sight. His techniques centered on visualization and movement. He placed particular emphasis on imagining black letters and marks, and the movement of such. He also felt that exposing the eyes to sunlight would help alleviate the "strain".

Still, like many alternative remedies, natural vision correction has supporters among some practitioners of holistic medicine and their patients. If you are looking into natural vision correction, here's some background to help you understand the issue.

Smashing Standard Thinking About Glasses

 

The origin of natural vision correction dates back more than 90 years to William H. Bates, MD. He was an

ophthalmologist who wrote Perfect Sight Without Glasses. Bates felt so strongly that wearing eyeglasses over the long term made vision worse that he kept an anvil in his office to smash patients' lenses on it. He called his idea the Bates Method. It promoted relaxation as the solution to poor vision. Still used today, techniques include palming or covering your eyes with your hands, sitting in the sun or in front of a lamp with your eyes closed, doing eye exercises, swaying, and looking for certain colors.

Assumptions of Bates Theory

 

The thing that seems to be most characteristic for Bates is his approach to the patient and his/her disease. Bates would not ponder like almost all eye doctors on the optimal glasses for the patient. He rather thought how to really help the patient, that is, how to cure him/her from the defects so that the patient could see normally. The main assumptions of Bates theory are as follows:

 

Recovery of Good Vision is Possible

 

One of the main assumptions of Dr. Bates was the ascertainment that just as a broken limb can be brought back to normal functioning as a result of rehabilitation exercises and treatment, the organ of vision can be brought back to the full functioning in terms of acuity in the same way, not having to use the glasses.

 

Abandoning Artificial Lenses and Glasses

 

According to the assumptions of Dr. Bates, the artificial lenses and glasses are the same thing for the eyes as crutches for a person whose broken leg has knitted. If a person with the visual defect does not abandon the peculiar crutches for the eyes (the glasses) and take up rehabilitation treatment, that is reeducation and improvement of the organ of vision, he/she will not improve the vision, but quite the contrary, has to be prepared for the deterioration of vision and the use of even stronger glasses prescribed by the eye doctor.

 

Acuity is Variable

 

One of the assumptions of Dr. Bates was the thesis that the acuity varies from high to low and vice versa according to the physical and emotional state of a person. Bates found that the vision does not stay permanently at one level of quality but changes all the time.

 

Reeducation of Vision, That is, the Abandonment of Bad Habits

 

Dr. Bates came to the conclusion that most visual defects are due to the incorrect use of the organ of vision. Bad habits related to the use of the eyes are always closely linked to their strain and stress. The stress affects the whole body in the same way. Dr. Bates found that with the adoption of good vision techniques (including especially the relaxation techniques), the stress in our eyes and the whole body is lower. Such was the effect of the adoption of methods of eyes and mind relaxation, which resulted directly in the improvement of sight and lower refraction error.

 

Relax as the Key to Success

 

In Bates method, the ability of passive and dynamic relaxation is the first and basic technique improving the vision. By relaxation, I mean not only the general ability to relax the muscles, but also the relaxation of mind which is a condition for the process of vision to occur. In many cases, the relaxation techniques used by Bates turned out to be sufficient for the improvement of sight.

 

The Basic Techniques Used by Bates

 

I am going to limit myself to give only the names of the basic techniques used by Bates among his patients, which gave good unexpectedly good results in the treatment of visual defects. The techniques are specifically explained on this website in its appropriate sections. These are: the relaxation of body and eyes, palming, central fixation, light exposure, swinging, visualization, blinking, micromovement of the eyes, flash technique, analytic seeing and many others that we will try to discuss here.

TECHNIQUES

 

Basic Principles

Containing an overview of Bates Method Techniques and how they work to restore eyesight.

 

Palming

Perhaps the simplest of all the techniques, Palming is also regarded as a foundation for learning how to relax the eyes and mind.

 

Sunning

Sunning is the simplest application of light to the eyes, this technique provides a similar foundation for the eyes as Palming. Together they provide the basis of all vision: the discernment between light and dark.

 

The Swings

 

The Swings introduce the vision and mind to movement in the world. This section contains descriptions of five different types of visual swing.

 

The Sway

 

The Sway is also an excellent method for learning to see movement in the world.

EFFECTIVE VISUALIZATION

The West began to embrace “visualization” as a powerful technique when Russian athletes used it to train for the Olympic Games in the 80’s.

Visulaization is powerful process to mend heart for a successful career for years. To manifest the goals from the realm of ideas into reality, simple misunderstanding can leave us feeling disillusioned. Understanding how and why creative visualisation works is the first step to using it effectively. Quantum jumping expert, Burt Goldman, shares 3 key elements to manifest the most with our visualisations.

Of all the “New Age” techniques for manifesting our dreams, creative visualization is perhaps the best known – unfortunately it is also the most misunderstood.Athletes who spent 25% of their time on physical training and 75% of their time mentally training performed better than those who spent all of their time exclusively on physical training. To this day most of the best athletes employ creative visualization as a central part of their training program.

1. Step One

 

The most common complaint from people is that they can’t “see” – or create a clear enough picture.  They close their eyes and maybe all they see are colors, or even just a “blank screen.”

 The key here is to use all five senses – not just sight.

If you can’t see your new job – can you hear it?  Imagine a conversation you may have with a colleague or superior.  A very detailed conversation where you are expressing yourself to others with extreme confidence and competence.

Can you smell your new job?  Perhaps your desk is near the coffee maker.  Now the conversation you have imagined has smell attached to it.

Can you touch your new job?  Maybe you can feel the warmth of the coffee cup in yours hands as you talk to your colleagues.

 

2. Consistency

Think of visualization as preparing for a live performance.

Actors, directors, and technical staff do not leave rehearsing to chance – there is a formal schedule put into place.

At first rehearsals are scheduled quite frequently and the performances are usually pretty choppy. People forget their lines, actors have not completely embraced their characters,  and props are missing. But, with frequent rehearsal, performances begin to improve. 

Eventually, scheduled, consistent, and frequent rehearsals results in performances where the actors completely forget they are on stage and become the play.

Just like in the performing arts, the power of visualization is truly realised when it is performed in a scheduled, consistent, and frequent manner.

 

3. Belief

 

“To be it, you must believe it” . This statement is true on more levels than you might realise.

Psychologists call this the “self-fulfilling prophesy”.

It has been observed that whatever one believes about themselves or their circumstances, impacts their behavior, which then impacts the result – often causing the initial belief to become true.

For example, if you believe you will fail a test, it is likely that your study habits will be negatively impacted, reducing the amount of material you remember. The result?  You are not your best on the day of the test and the original belief becomes reality.

However, visualization techniques can help change negative self-fulfilling prophesy into positive ones.

Bonus: How to Radically Transform Your Life With Creative Visualization

The most powerful (and my personal favourite) way to use visualization is to “quantum jump”.

This involves visualizing your twin or “doppelganger” in an alternate universe who is already “doing the thing or getting the thing” we want to make real in our current lives.

The process takes you through imagining yourself talking to this already-successful version of yourself and receiving tips, instructions, and specific information to help you now.

People who used this technique have been able to shift their lives in directions they didn’t believe were possibly without really understanding how or why it works. I find that to be the most beautiful part of the whole thing – you don’t need to understand how something works to benefit from it.

About Burt Goldman

 

He’s living proof that it’s never too late to make the rest of your life… the best of your life.

You see, Burt Goldman knows how to enjoy the life to the fullest: he taught himself to paint and photograph at the age of 80.

He taught himself to play piano  at the age of 85. And married the love of his life a year later.

For the last 50 years Burt has been traveling the world and studying from spiritual masters. He became a disciple of the great Yogananda, the legendary teacher who introduced Yoga to the West. He also became the protege of Jose Silva and was his number one instructor for decades.

At his peak he conducted seminars for Heads of States, European Royalties and amassed audiences numbering in the hundreds.

he’s almost 90, traveling around the world to do seminars would be a bit too much. And so he has decided to spread his knowledge in a different way: through the internet.

He offers nothing but proven techniques that have been tested and fine-tuned with hundreds of thousands.

Techniques that could very well change your life for the better just like they’ve changed his.

BEAUTY HAIR

“If I want to knock a story off the front page,

I just change my hairstyle.” - Hillary Rodham Clinton

Everyone has hair problems. Thin hair, falling hair, dandruff, dry scalp, split ends – the list can be endless. In this issue, we look at a few problems associated with dry and itchy scalps and the best ways to deal with them. A dry scalp can be extremely irritating and having to live with it can be tough. Dry scalp is usually the result of dormant under-active oil glands, hence the required oils for your scalp are not being produced. Some reasons for this could be:

  • A diet lacking in proper nutrients

  • Prolonged use of shampoos that have strong chemicals

  • Exposure to hard water

  • Exposure to extreme weather conditions

  • Over usage of styling products

  • Lack of adequate hair care – not treating hair properly, lack of conditioning or oil treatments, etc

The Following Steps Can Give You Some Relief.

 

  • Switch to a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Many reputed brands offer products that provide adequate hydration, and you    can even try a leave in conditioner incase of extreme dryness

  • Stay away from styling products for a little while to give your hair a break and a chance to recover hydration

  • Protect your hair from the sun when you go out. Cover it up with a scarf or even a trendy hat!

  • Make sure your diet includes nuts, eggs, seafood, chicken, tofu, dairy products, soybeans, papaya, oranges and green and leafy  vegetables. This will make sure that you get your dose of zinc, iron, vitamins and omega-3 acids – all essential for a healthy scalp.

  • Of course, do not forget to drink lots of water.

  • These are alterations you could make in your lifestyle to promote a well hydrated scalp. There are plenty of DIY packs and nourishing masks you can make using ingredients in your kitchen and we are happy to share a few for our readers.

Hot Oil Massage:

 

The simplest treatment is application of oil before washing hair. Coconut oil is easily available everywhere. Warm some oil and gently massage it into your scalp for a few mintues. This will relieve itchiness and flakiness and provide sufficient hydration. Olive oil is another option. You could also combine your hot oil with some lemon grass, sandalwood or lavender essential oils. These oils work especially well if you have oily hair combined with a dry scalp.

 

Egg and Yogurt Combo

 

Eggs are a font of proteins and yoghurt is a natural moisturizer. Beat up an egg and add about four teaspoons of Yoghurt. To this mixture, add a teaspoon of almond oil and two teaspoons of honey. Apply this pack to your hair and scalp on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

 

Lemon juice and Olive Oil Combo

 

A hair mask made of lemon juice and olive oil can be used every other week. The acidity in the lemon loosens and removes the loose, dry itchy flakes on your scalp and olive oil moisturizes the newly exposed skin. Applying lemon juice directly to your scalp may be irritating, that is why we recommend adding olive oil and diluting the mixture with about 2 tablespoons of water.

 

Egg White and Water Combo

 

This is a simpler version of the egg and yoghurt combo, especially if you do not like the smell of egg yolk in your hair. Add three tablespoons of water to the white of one egg and mix well. Apply to your hair and wait for 30 minutes before washing. Not only will this hydrate your hair it also adds an instant shine.

 

Honey and Vegetable Oil Combo

 

Make a mixture consisting of two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of vegetable oil. Vegetable oils are simply any oils that have been extracted from plants, so you can use commonly available oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, castor oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil or ground nut oil. This mixture forms a sticky paste, which you should apply on your hair and leave on for fifteen minutes. Cover your hair with a shampoo cap for some protection. Wash off for smooth and soft hair.

Avocado and Banana Combo

 

Avocado is an amazing fruit that seals in the natural moisture of your hair and balances the normal water content of the hair. Banana plays an important role by increasing the elasticity of your hair strands and making them softer. This mask can be made with one ripe banana and 2 ripe avocados. Blend them to a pulp and apply on your hair. Wash off after 20 minutes for soft hydrated hair.

These packs and masks can be tried every other week for best results. Some of these hair remedies are sure to be the perfect solution for your hair. Do give it a try and share your experience with us in the comments!

EMOTION AND MEMORY

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.

Classically, the hippocampus is the structure in the brain associated with memory, because when you remove it surgically, a person will have deficits in memory. But contrary to what many neuroscientists believe, this doesn’t necessarily prove that the hippocampus is the seat of memory.In fact, recent findings support the theory that recall is stored throughout the body, not in the brain alone. Dr. Eric R. Kandel, a neurobiologist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, received a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2000 for showing that memory resides at the level of the receptor. The activity of cellular binding throughout the body can impact neuronal circuitry, influencing memory and thinking. When a tor is flooded with a peptide or other ligand, the cell membrane is changed in such a way that the probability of an electrical impulse travelling across the membrane is affected. Remember, wherever there’s a receptor, there’s also a vibrating electrode or diode where circuits can change. This, in turn, affects the choice of neuronal circuitry that will be used, impacting brain activity. These recent discoveries are important for appreciating how memories are stored not only in the brain but in the body as well, where a psychosomatic network extends throughout all systems of the organism. A major storage area is in the receptors distributed near the spinal cord, between nerve and ganglia, and all the way out to the internal organs and the surface of the skin.

This means that your memories are in your spinal cord, as well as all throughout your bodymind.

Whether your memories are conscious or not is mediated by the molecules of emotion. They decide what becomes a thought rising to the surface, and what remains buried deeply in your body. What this means is that much of memory is emotion driven, not conscious, although it can sometimes be made conscious by intention. The emotions that you’re able to experience can bring a recollection to the surface; if your feelings are suppressed, however, they can bury that same memory far below your awareness, where it can affect your perceptions, decisions, behavior, and even health, all unconsciously.

Buried, painful emotions from the past make up what some psychologists and healers call a person’s “core emotional trauma.” The point of therapy including bodywork, some kinds of chiropractic, and energy medicine is to gently bring that wound to gradual awareness so it can be reexperienced and understood. Only then is choice a faculty of your frontal cortex possible, allowing you to reintegrate any disowned parts of yourself, let go of old traumatic patterns, and become healed, or whole.

Very clear studies done by Dr. Donald Overton show that there are dissociated (not connected) states of learning and memory. His data demonstrates that what you learn in one drug-induced state, you can’t retrieve from your memory at a later time unless you’re in the same condition. If you’re smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee to prepare for an exam, you won’t be able to remember enough information to pass unless you’re doing those things when you take the test. This is because various substances (such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine) create altered states of consciousness with different emotions and memories, and therefore, different modes in which to learn. In other words, you acquire knowledge with your entire bodymind, not just with your brain. Also, learning is an emotional event, impacted by how you’re feeling. There are tons of data showing that you can’t grasp new information in a state of fear. I’ve lectured to educators about educators about how punishment and threats actually inhibit the learning process.

DELICIOUS VEGAN RECIPES

"You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, that of your family and your country. - Bill Clinton

When it comes to food and former President Clinton, one might refer back Phil Hartman's impersonation of Clinton as a McDonald's aficionado on Saturday Night Live. But after leaving office and suffering a couple of health scares, including stent surgery on his heart last year, the popular politician changed the way he eats. Most notably, Clinton went vegan and lost more than 20 pounds for Chelsea Clinton's wedding earlier this year. He may still be sneaking pieces of meat from time to time, though...

For those who follow a vegan diet, which means no animal products of any kind including eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products, we've identified recipes that meet those criteria with each recipe. We've focused on the widest interpretation of a vegan diet, so some of the recipes we've identified as vegan do include honey.

To begin our vegan recipe journey, we'll start with Potato Roti Curry. This mild, soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it's often made with sweet calabaza squash and served alongside or stuffed into the tortillalike Indian flatbread roti.

While roti is traditional, whole-wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. Serve this dish with lime wedges and rice. This mild, soupy side dish hails from the Caribbean, where it's often made with sweet calabaza squash and served alongside or stuffed into the tortillalike Indian flatbread roti. While roti is traditional, whole wheat tortillas or pitas are great accompaniments for sopping up the liquid. Serve with lime wedges and rice.

Vegan Diet Potato Roti Curry

Ingredients

 

1 ¼ teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil, 1 ½ cups chopped onion

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled Yukon gold potato

3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled acorn squash     

1 cup chopped red bell pepper, 2 cups water

½ cup light coconut milk

½ cup chopped fresh coriander

 

Preparation

 

Combine first 6 ingredients; set aside.

Heat oil in a large oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add garlic; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly. Add spice mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add potato, squash, and bell pepper, stirring to coat with spice mixture; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in water and coconut milk, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 25 minutes or until potato is tender.

Why Veganism? People choose to be vegan for health, environmental, and/or ethical reasons. For example, some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products. That is, once dairy cows or egg-laying chickens are too old to be productive, they are often sold as meat; and since male calves do not produce milk, they usually are raised for veal or other products. Some people avoid these items because of conditions associated with their production.

Many vegans choose this lifestyle to promote a more humane and caring world. They know they are not perfect, but believe they have a responsibility to try to do their best, while not being judgmental of others.

History ; Although the vegan diet was defined early on in the Society's beginnings in 1944, it was as late as 1949 before Leslie J Cross pointed out that the society lacked a definition of veganism. He suggested “the principle of the emancipation of animals from exploitation by man”. This is later clarified as “to seek an end to the use of animals by man for food, commodities, work, hunting, vivisection, and by all other uses involving exploitation of animal life by man”.

ADAPTIVE FUNCTIONS

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.Albert Einstein

THERE is a striking contrast between the durability of our body and the transitory character of its elements. Man is composed of a soft, alterable matter, susceptible of disintegrating in a few hours. However, he lasts longer than if made of steel. Not only does he last, but he ceaselessly overcomes the difficulties and dangers of the outside world. He accommodates himself, much better than the other animals do, to the changing conditions of his environment. He persists in living, despite physical, economic, and social upheavals. Such endurance is due to a very particular mode of activity of his tissues and humors. The body seems to mould itself on events. Instead of wearing out, it changes. Our organs always improvise means of meeting every new situation. And these means are such that they tend to give us a maximum duration. The physiological processes, which are the substratum of inner time, always incline in the direction leading to the longest survival of the individual. This strange function, this function, this watchful automatism, makes possible human existence with its specific characters. It is called adaptation.

All physiological activities are endowed with the property of being adaptive. Adaptation, therefore, assumes innumerable forms. However, its aspects may be grouped into two categories, intraorganic and extraorganic. Intraorganic adaptation is responsible for the constancy of the organic medium and of the relations of tissues and humors. It determines the correlation of the organs. It brings about the automatic repair of tissues and the cure of diseases. Extraorganic adaptation adjusts the individual to the physical, psychological, and economic world. It allows him to survive in spite of the unfavorable conditions of his environment. Under these two aspects, the adaptive functions are at work during each instant of our whole life. They are the indispensable basis of our duration.

Whatever our sufferings, our joys, and the agitation of the world may be, our organs do not modify their inward rhythm to any great extent. The chemical exchanges of the cells and the humors continue imperturbably. The blood pulsates in the arteries and flows at an almost constant speed in the innumerable capillaries of the tissues. There is an impressive difference between the regularity of the phenomena taking place within our body and the extreme variability of our environment.

Our organic states are very steady. But this stability is not equivalent to a condition of rest, or equilibrium. It is due, on the contrary, to the unceasing activity of the entire organism. To maintain the constancy of the blood's composition and the regularity of its circulation, an immense number of physiological processes are required. The tranquillity of the tissues is assured by the converging efforts of all the functional s ystems. And the more irregular and violent our life, the greater are these efforts. For the brutality of our relations with the cosmic world must never trouble the peace of the cells and humors of our inner world. The blood is not subjected to large variations of pressure and volume. However, it receives and loses a great deal of water in an irregular manner. After each meal, it takes in the fluids absorbed by the intestinal mucosa from the food and the digestive juices.

At other moments its volume tends to decrease. In the course of digestion, it loses several liters of water, which are used by the stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas for manufacturing their secretions. An analogous phenomenon occurs during violent muscular exercise, a boxing-match for example, if the perspiration glands work actively. Blood also diminishes in volume in the course of certain diseases, such as dysentery or cholera, when a great deal of liquid passes from the capillary vessels into the lumen of the intestine. The administration of a purgative is followed by a similar waste of water. The gains and losses are exactly counterbalanced by mechanisms regulating the blood volume. These mechanisms extend over the whole body. They maintain constant both the pressure and the volume of the blood. The pressure does not depend on the absolute amount of the blood, but on the relation of this amount to the capacity of the circulatory apparatus. This apparatus, however, is not comparable to a system of pipes fed by a pump. It has no analogy with the machines constructed by man. Arteries and veins It has no analogy with the machines constructed by man. Arteries and veins automatically modify their caliber. They contract or dilate under the influence of the nerves of their muscular envelope. In addition, the walls of the capillaries are permeable.

The water of the blood is thus free to enter or to leave the circulatory apparatus. It also escapes from the body through the kidneys, the pores of the skin, the intestinal mucosa, and evaporates in the lungs. The heart realizes the miracle of maintaining constant the pressure of the blood in a system of vessels whose capacity and permeability ceaselessly vary. When blood tends to accumulate in too large a quantity in the right heart, a reflex, starting from the right auricle, increases the rate of cardiac pulsations, and blood escapes more rapidly from the heart into the vessels. Moreover, serum traverses the wall of the capillaries and inundates connective tissue and muscles.

In this manner, the circulatory system automatically ejects all excess of fluid. If, on the contrary, the volume and the pressure of the blood diminish, the change is recorded by nerve endings hidden in the wall of the sinus of the carotid artery. This reflex determines a contraction of the vessels and a reduction in the capacity of the circulatory apparatus. At the same time, the fluids of the tissues and those contained in the stomach pass into the vascular system by filtering through the wall of the capillaries. Such are the mechanisms responsible for the nearly perfect constancy of the amount and the tension of the blood.

The composition of the blood is also very stable. Under normal conditions, the quantity of red cells, plasma, salts, proteins, fats, and sugars varies only in a small measure. It always remains higher than is really necessary for the usual requirements of the tissues. Consequently, unforeseen events, such as privation of food, hemorrhages, or intense and prolonged muscular efforts do not modify in a dangerous manner the state of the organic fluids. The tissues contain abundant reserves of water, salts, fats, proteins, and sugar. Oxygen, however, is not stored anywhere. It must be unceasingly supplied to the blood by the lungs. The organism needs variable quantities of this gas, according to the activity of its chemical exchanges.

WHO INSPIRE US EVERYDAY

“Ask What We Can Do For India And Do What Has To Be Done To Make India What America And Other Western Countries Are Today”

Life is about mental attitude - Nick.If you are serious about being successful in life then you can do nothing better than educating yourself about the inspirational stories of successful and famous people. Many people who want to achieve success in life, career or business fail to do it because they don't know what it takes to be successful and how the road to success looks like. They just see the final result, which is the successful person, without having any idea about what this person went through. By knowing the inspirational stories of successful people you will learn how the road to success looks like and your chance of succeeding in life will become much higher. These Indians with disabilities prove that it is just a state of mind. Learn about amazing people who have not let their disability hold them, back them in any way. From performing in international arenas to bagging gold medals in sports events, there is nothing these champions cannot do!

Sudha Chandran

 

This Indian actress and classical dancer needs no introduction. Born in Kerala, this 50-year-old artist met with an accident when she was just 16. Doctors missed a small ankle and plastered it, which later got infected and there was no alternative left but to amputate her leg. She overcame her disability by getting a prosthetic “Jaipur Foot” and became one of the most popular and acclaimed classical dancers of the country. Having performed Bharatnatyam internationally, Chandran has also been a known figure in the Indian television and film industry. Having received many awards for her amazing talent, Chandran is an inspiration to many!

Girish Sharma

 

He lost a leg in a train accident when he was a kid. But, this setback in life did not stop him from becoming a badminton champion. He has just one leg which is so strong that he not only plays the game effortlessly but also easily covers the entire court. Ever since he was a kid, he would indulge in outdoor activities with other kids without letting his disability come in the way. Aren’t we super proud of this talented man?

H Ramakrishnan

 

Ramakrishnan was affected by polio in both his legs at a young age of two and half years. From being denied admission in a regular school to getting rejected for a job due to his disability, Ramakrishnan has had to struggle at each step in his life. In spite of this, he worked as a journalist for 40 years and is currently CEO of SS Music television channel. He is also a musician and has showcased his talent at various platforms. He runs a charitable trust called Krupa to help the specially-abled.

Satendra Singh

 

This acclaimed doctor contracted Polio when he was just nine months old. He is also a prominent disability activist and works extensively to make public places more accessible to persons with disabilities. His efforts made ATMs disabled-friendly by constructing ramps. Similar initiatives were taken for the post  office, medical institutes, polling booths, etc. He is also the founder of Infinite Ability

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