December 2014

War and Peace

Our global society is like a bouquet.A bouquet is made of different kinds of flowers having different shades and colors. When we forget this and expect that all flowers should be of the same kind, then the problem starts.

For world peace to happen, the individual must be at peace. If I am not peaceful, then I cannot spread peace wherever I go. And when can an individual be at peace? It is possible only when he or she is free of stress.

Genetic Evidence of Yoga’s Impact on the Immune System

Norwegian researchers find a strong and immediate genetic response to yoga practice. Newly published research from Norway suggests that a comprehensive yoga program rapidly produces internal changes on a genetic level. The results help explain the well-documented health benefits of this ancient practice.    

How to Raise Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels

While cholesterol is a complex substance, most of us are familiar with two of its primary components: LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). So far, both doctors and their patients have focused on reducing LDL cholesterol as a key part of their treatment regimen. However, new research at Baylor College of Medicine shows that having too little HDL cholesterol may be more damaging and may even be more predictive of heart disease than LDL.    

Thyagaraja temple in Thiruvarur

The Thyagaraja temple in Thiruvarur is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is regarded as one of the holiest of the ‘Paadal Petra Sthalams’ (275 holy temples glorified by Saivaite Nayanars) located south of the river Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. The Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Thyagaraja Swamy (meaning the great giver) and is worshipped as ‘Maragatha Lingam’. The Thiruvarur Thyagaraja temple is famous worldwide for its music and dance; a tradition that is being followed since centuries. The mystic saint Tyagaraja, Muthuswamy Deekshitar and Shyama Sashtri, who are regarded as the Trinity of Carnatic Music, were born in Thiruvarur.    

Winning the war against alcohol

Guruji has spoken time and again about the ills of alcohol and said that techniques like meditation and Sudarshan Kriya can give one a permanent “high.” Inspired by his words, the women and youth of Kareli village in Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh got together against alcoholism and decided to close the wine shop, where villagers spent nearly Rs 250,000 per day. Apart from this village, 12 other neighbouring villages have also been rid of this menace because this shop supplied alcohol to them too.