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Thursday, October 17, 2013
As we all know this day or rather this night is remembered by Brijwasis as the night of Maharas, Shri Bihariji Maharaj decorates himself in the Maharas posture. In the afternoon of this day the jagmohan (i.e. the elevated hall in front of sanctum sanctorum) is decorated to give a forest like look by putting up branches of flowering trees. A silver hut is placed in the centre to serve as the throne. Entire temple courtyard is also tastefully decorated with banana trees, vandanvars, flowers and hangings.
Evening Darshan on this day is very special. If you are called on this day you will find Bihariji is looking different! Everybody may not be able to note these differences and understand the significance, hence we would try to explain them here. First of all Bihariji will move out of his usual place to come close to you in the jagmohan in a forest like ambience.
Second special thing is He will be dressed in all whites. The dark Lord in a dazzling white dress, complete with intricate zari work sets the mood for Maharas!
Only on this evening you will find murali, the flute, in the hands and on the lips of Bihariji Maharaj. On all other days the flute is just kept at the throne on the right side along with the small water container. Remember the effect the flute had on brijwasis particularly the gopis? The all charming celestial sound that comes out of Krishna’s flute takes over the individual consciousness of all living beings and they are all attracted to Krishna consciousness! Shrimadbhagvatm (tenth skandh, chapter 29, Venugeet, verse 6) says:
Iti venu ravm rajan sarva bhoot manoharam|
Shrutva vrajstriyah sarvaa varnayantyo bhirebhire||
Shri Shukdev says: O king Parikshit, this sound produced by the flute is capable of stealing the mind of all beings. On hearing this sound all the ladies of brij, gopis, started talking about the attributes of Krishna. While talking they discovered Krishna and started embracing him.
So, today, once again the flute is on the lips of Shri Bankey Bihari ji Maharaj!
When you come out of the trance of venunad, the sound of flute, look what He is wearing on head? It is different. Of course there is the usual pag, i.e. the turban tied in its unique style with the strings of pearls. But the crown is unusual. Today he will be wearing a crown similar to that of Shri Srinathji. Scroll down to view the paintings of Shri Bihariji and Shri Srinathji so as to understand the difference in the two crowns. On left you see Shri Bihariji displaying his usual crown, known as tipara, with lots of designs and cuts, devoid of a smooth outline. On right you see Shri Srinathji whose crown displays a smooth outline with a lot of intricate designs inside, known as mukut. According to legends this mukut was designed by Shri Vallabhcharya, Swami Haridas and other contemporary saints for Shri Krishna. Afterwards the same mukut was adopted as standard for stage performance of rasleela. Whenever you witness a rasleela performance you always see Krishna having the same mukut.
Moon is granted a very special favour to touch the feet of Shri Bihariji today. As you may be knowing Bihariji stands in west looking to east and the moon rises in east on Poornima day. The shutters on the grill covering courtyard are moved out so as to permit the moonlight in. Darshan in this evening remain open till such time the moonlight reaches the feet of Shri Bihariji. The moon thus blessed, is believed to spread the blessings all over by its rays. Therefore devout Hindus all over make it a point to prepare kheer, the payasam, in the evening and keep in the moonlight till around midnight and then it is distributed as Prasad.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Best home remedies for high Cholesterol ~
Cholesterol is the fatty substance present in the blood.
Cholesterol is necessary for the building of healthy cells.
When the level of cholesterol in our blood increases, it can lead to certain risks.
When there is high blood cholesterol they get deposited on the walls of the blood vessels and prevent the normal flow of blood.
When the blood vessels to the heart get clogged by these cholesterol, heart will not get enough supply of oxygen rich blood and this will lead to heart attack.
When the blood flow to the brain decreases it may cause a stroke. High blood cholesterol is caused by unhealthy lifestyle and heredity. High blood cholesterol is preventable and treatable. Being overweight, sedentary lifestyle and alcohol consumption increases the cholesterol level. Healthy diet, changes in lifestyle and some home remedies will help you to keep the cholesterol level under control.
Home Remedies For High Blood Cholesterol
1 Red Rice
This is one of the most effective ways to reduce excess cholesterol in blood.
Red rice is a natural source of statin which is best for reducing cholesterol. Consume red rice instead of polished white rice.
2 Psyllium Husk
This remedy has high soluble fiber content. The mucilage present in the psyllium husk cleanses the blood vessel and reduces the cholesterol.
Mix 2 teaspoons of psyllium husk with water.
Drink this mix morning and night to get faster result.
Oats help to reduce the cholesterol level naturally as they contain beta-glucans.
Use rolled oats to make porridge and consume at least twice daily.
4 Apple Peels
The apple peels contain antioxidants which will reduce the oxidation of LDL or the bad cholesterol. This will reduce the build –up of plaque in blood vessels.
It is better to consume organic apple peels as the others may have pesticide content in them.
5 Consume More Seeds
Consuming the seeds like pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, watermelon seeds, sesame seeds etc reduce the cholesterol level as they contain high levels of plant sterols which reduce the fat in blood.
Consume a handful of the seeds every day to reduce the bad cholesterol and increase the level of good cholesterol.
You can also use them in various food preparations.
6 Green Tea
Drinking green tea can reduce the low density lipids or fats in the blood which are bad for your health. The antioxidants present in green tea help to balance the cholesterol level. This will reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke.
Drink green tea whenever possible. Consume at least 2-3 cups daily to reduce cholesterol.
7 Royal Jelly
This home remedy will be appropriate for high cholesterol level resulting from the effects of smoking. Smoking increases the bad cholesterol level.
Take 1-2 teaspoons of royal jelly in empty stomach
If you smoke, quit smoking
Use alcohol in moderate level to increase the HDL cholesterol level.
Grapes have the ability to reduce the cholesterol. The skin of the grapes contains a compound which lowers the cholesterol. It prevents the fat from getting deposited inside the blood vessels
Increase the intake of organically produced grapes.
Soybeans are rich in antioxidants and they also have anti-inflammatory property.
You can use soybeans in various food preparations, if you want to control the blood cholesterol.
You can also use tofu to increase the soy intake.
10 Artichoke Leaf
This remedy works by limiting the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. A compound present in artichoke called cynarin increases the production of bile in our body which helps in the excretion of cholesterol from the body.
Include artichoke leaf in your diet along with other cholesterol reducing food items.
11 Cut Down Saturated Fat
Saturated fats increase the LDL cholesterol level in our body. So, it is necessary to avoid food items containing saturated fat.
Avoid the use of red meat, dairy foods, milk, palm oil, butter etc.
Replace the above food items with fish, chicken, skimmed milk, vegetable oil or olive oil, etc.
12 Omega -3-Fatty Acid
This is one of the best remedy for high cholesterol. They reduce the risk of high blood pressure and reduce the development of blood clots in the blood vessels.
Include a rich source of omega -3 fatty acids in your diet.
Salmon, mackerel, flax seeds etc are good sources of omega -3-fatty acids.
13 Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you have high levels of blood cholesterol, stop the use of other oils and shift to extra virgin olive oil. Olive oil contains antioxidants which remove the toxic contents from the body and lowers the bad cholesterol level.
Use extra virgin olive oil for preparing food.
You can also use it as salad dressing.
Heating the olive oil will reduce its goodness.
14 Lose Weight
If you are overweight that may the main reason for high cholesterol level in the body. Losing 5-10 pounds will reduce the cholesterol level.
Take a look at your daily eating habit
Avoid fast foods
Avoid eating snacks while watching TV
Have a healthy diet containing the fruits and vegetables which help to reduce weight and cholesterol.
15 Exercise Regularly
You can improve your good cholesterol level by exercising. Do 30 -60 minutes of exercise every day to find benefits. You can opt for the following exercises.
Walk briskly for 40 minutes daily
Ride your bike for one hour.
Swimming for half an hour can burn the excess fat in the body effectively.
Are you an obese person? Are you worried about the high blood cholesterol level? Do you want to reduce the bad LDL cholesterol? Then try some of the above given home remedies to control the blood cholesterol level and get benefitted by them. It is necessary to continue the remedies at least for a few weeks to see the difference in cholesterol levels in the blood. You can use two or three remedies together to get better and faster reduction in cholesterol level.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
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