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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, written almost 2,500 years ago, is the earliest treatise on yoga, and an Indian cla ic. In this work, Sage Patanjali elucidates, in a scientific manner, on how to control...
A few years ago, five M.Tech students of agricultural engineering from one of the top agricultural universities of Maharashtra came to our institute for a four-month internship. One day during their i...
A whole book can be written on how Gandhiji's ideas are relevant today. He was a visionary and po e ed a very powerful mind. His ideas continue to be as relevant to the i ues and problems of India tod...
Long ago (late 1970s) I was a student in the US doing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. A very popular program on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) channel was Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A personal voyag...
Gautama Buddha, it is said, gained enlightenment when a village girl, Sujata, offered him kheer (rice pudding). After eating it he realized the noble middle path. The kheer gave energy to his brain and solace to his tortured soul.
Scientists have shown that all sound levels greater than 85dB are dangerous to human health. In the long run they damage hearing and increase the level of stress. Large-scale studies all over the world have shown that increased sound levels cause elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, increased heart rate, cardiovascular constriction and changes in brain chemistry.
"Now" is very difficult to define because by the time we get down to it, it is already in the past! Even Einstein, who was the high priest of time, found it hard to get a grip on the concept. He said we understand both future and past, but it is very difficult to grasp "now".
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Recently, there was a theft in my younger daughter's house in rural Maharashtra; a camera, an iPod and cash were missing. The finger of suspicion fell on a student of class eight from a good local school.On questioning by police he admitted to the theft and then dropped a bombshell: most of the students in his class indulged in stealing regularly.
Online shopping, for long the province of urban India, is being discovered in rural areas around the country. However for such e-commerce to take place it is necessary to have a good internet connection, the ability to sift through the various items offered and the wherewithal to zero in on the best items by Googling them and comparing their prices and specifications across vendors. I find that the rural population is learning this search-and-pick process at amazing speed...
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In January this year the major agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos was a discussion on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). It is already underway in some advanced economies, and there are fears that it will be very disruptive and create huge unemployment. The Davos meeting was meant to discuss and allay these fears. However, I feel that the Fourth Industrial Revolution for developing countries can in fact produce more employment and benefits. Here is how.
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I would like to present the point of view that both technology and spirituality are important to achieving happiness. This idea is not new. Our ancient rishis understood the importance of technology in a yogi's life.
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Walking is natural. One does not think about it. Yet during long walks, the exercise of the body helps in release of chemicals which enhance thinking. Hence long walks allow the mind churn out ideas and crystallise them. Thus, walking is not only good for the body but also for the brain.
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Language, culture and history provide a pillar of psychological support to us and give us pride in our country. Not being exposed to the above could be one of the reasons why so many of the youngsters I meet are not proud of their country nor have an attachment to it. I, therefore, sometimes think that there is a merit to the present BJP government's policy of introducing Indian classics in schools.
The people I am going to describe never wrote about their association with Nehru, but I believe that the fascinating stories they told me about this architect of our nation need to be shared with a wider audience. Together, these anecdotes paint a picture of a complex man who had moments of greatness as well as some serious flaws.
Last week I visited Lucknow. What I saw was an extremely congested, very noisy and, in some places, very dirty city. How I long for my Lucknow of the 1960s.
Pranayam means control of <em>pran</em> or vital force. According to the sage Patanjali it means controlled breathing which includes deep inhaling, exhaling and retention of breath. Pranayam occupies a central position in the Indian yogic system. Modern medical science has shown unequivocally that Pranayam benefits both the mind and body.
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Mahatma Gandhi not only gave India its freedom but also gave the world and us a new perspective on nonviolence and sustainable living. His teachings and experiments are more valid today than ever before, especially when we are trying to find solutions to worldwide greed, corruption, violence and a consumerist lifestyle that is putting a very heavy burden on the world's resources.
My father, who went to jail for two-and-a-half years in 1942 for his role in the independence movement, told me that the greatest gift that Gandhiji gave to all Indians (besides independence) was to rid them of their fear of Englishmen. This removal of fear brought in a quantum jump in the mindset of Indians and made them aware that they could manage their own affairs with their own people.
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I believe that <em>presence</em> or <em>aura</em> is a radiation of thought that a human being emits and is felt by everybody who encounters that person. A person's presence could either be evil, spiritual or simply pleasant and it is determined by the individual's thoughts, his/her mind.
Diesel is normally used in automobiles, tractors and trucks and is considered a dirty fuel since these vehicles emit smoke and particulates. It has a bad rap. However, recent work done by the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), a rural NGO in Maharashtra, has shown that it can be an excellent and clean fuel for cooking and lighting in rural households when used in a newly invented device called the "Lanstove" (lantern plus stove).