Periodic Fasting May Help Prevent Diabetes

Periodic fasting may convert bad cholesterol to energy and reduce the risk of diabetes through a new biological process discovered by researchers.

According to a recent study, after a person fasts for a period of 10 to 12 hours, the body searchers for alternative sources of energy. During that process, researchers note that the body extracts low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from fat cells and converts it into energy.

“When we studied the effects of fasting in apparently healthy people, cholesterol levels increased during the 1-time 24-hour fast,” said Benjamin Horne, PhD, the study’s lead researcher and director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.

“Together with our prior studies that showed decades of routine fasting was associated with a lower risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease, this led us to think that fasting is most impactful for reducing the risk of diabetes and related metabolic problems.”

After reviewing the results of a previous study that showed an association between 1-day, water-only fasting in health participants and weight loss and lower glucose levels, Horne and colleagues conducted a new study to look at how fasting affects prediabetes over an extended period of time.

Participants included pre diabetes patients—men and women between the ages of 30 and 69—that exhibited at least 3 metabolic risk factors (high blood pressure, high fasting blood sugar, high triglyceride level, and a large waistline).

Horne noted that during fasting days, cholesterol increased slightly, however, over a 6-week period, patients lost weight and their cholesterol levels waned by approximately 12%.

Researchers also observed that the conversion process of LDL (through fat cells) to energy nullified insulin resistance.

“The fat cells themselves are a major contributor to insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes,” Horne said. “Because fasting may help to eliminate and break down fat cells, insulin resistance may be frustrated by fasting.”

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Evolution: Not Part of the Self

Are you evolving? If you are evolving, you are not in the Self. And you are not out of the Self, because nothing can exist out of the Self. 

Broadly they can be put in these 5 catagories. There are six distortions that do not exist in the Self.

Expansion – Prasarana. Expansion indicates there is already something into which something expands. That which expands cannot be the basis for expansion.

Contraction – Akunchana. Contraction means something shrinks from something else. Self does not withdraw or shrink from anything, so contraction does not exist in the Self.

Evolution – Vriddhi. Evolution is becoming something which it is not already. Self is the same, so it cannot evolve.

Decay – Kshaya. There is no devolution or decay in the Self. It doesn’t get old or stale. That’s why, when you are close to your Self, you don’t feel that you are aging.

Beginning – Anaadi. Self has no beginning. If God has a beginning, then He is no God.

Lack – Abhava. Self has no lack. Whatever lacks something is not complete. Self does not lack anything, it is complete.

Lack indicates existence of something outside itself. That doesn’t exist for the Self. So if you feel you have not grown at all, don’t worry, you are close to the Self. 

When your mind is with the Self, then you don’t worry about evolution. If you are thinking about evolving, then you are stuck in the mind. And mind is part of the matter, and matter evolves and decays.

And that is how the experience of contraction and expansion is all play and display of the mind. Mind expands and contracts. When it expands, it comes close to the truth, which has no expansion.

Are you still evolving? Good luck!

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If someone insults you, it does not stay forever. For a few moments someone says something unpleasant to you, and it reaches your ears. But it is all temporary, just like bubbles in water. These unpleasant things come and go

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A small gesture of greeting

This story is about a person working with a freezer plant.

It was almost the day end. Everyone had packed up to check out.

A technical snag developed the plant and he went to check.

By the time he finished it was late. The doors were sealed and the lights were off.

Trapped inside the ice plant whole night without air and light, an icy grave was almost sure for him.

Hours passed thus. Suddenly he found someone opening the door.

Was it a miracle?

The security guard entered there with a torch light and helped him to come out.

On the way back the person asked the security guard, “How did you know that I am inside?” “Who informed you?” the guard said, “None sir; this unit has about 50 people. But you are the only one who says Hello to me in the morning and bye in the evening.

You had reported in morning. But did not go out. That made me suspicious.”

Never did the person know that a small gesture of greeting someone would prove to be a lifesaver for him.

So do us.

Remember to greet when you meet someone, of course with a warm smile.

We don’t know; that may work a miracle in your life too.

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Who is a yogi and what is a yogi’s way of life?

Q: Who is a yogi and what is a yogi’s way of life?

Guruji: A yogi is a child. A yogi is becoming a baby again and again. If you look at a baby, from about 3 months to 3 years he does almost all the asanas. It can even teach you pranayama. You don’t need a yoga teacher if you observe a baby. Similarly, all animals also do some asanas.

A yogi is one who is connected with the infinity; connected with everybody. He doesn’t feel isolated with anyone, at anytime. Yogi is one who is skillful, one who is flexible. Some people have a very flexible body, but their minds are very rigid. A rigid person is not very palatable. He cannot communicate properly and is not open to new ideas.

A yogi is one who is not rigid but at the same time who is not very mushy or wishy-washy; he is very straight forward. He has strength, yet is soft. He has a childlike innocence, yet depth in wisdom. He is childlike, not childish. He has a childlike simplicity, yet is wise. A yogi is sensible and sensitive.

Often people who think they are very sensible are not very sensitive, and people who are very sensitive are not sensible at all! A yogi is a perfect combination of sensibility and sensitivity.

Yogi is one who is loving, yet very centered. Often people who fall in love lose their centeredness, and people who are very centered, they don’t seem to be radiating love. A yogi is the perfect combination of head and heart; being centered and at the same time being very loving. You can assign all ideal characteristics to a yogi because a yogi is one who is connected to the self, connected to the universe, connected to everybody; because everybody is connected.

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If you keep doing your practices, meditation, satsang and service, you can make yourself feel comfortable in any place. ​​We should not have aversion or craving towards anything. That is real Yoga.

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Q: How do you initiate your disciples? Do you choose your disciples?

Guruji: Don’t limit our relationship. Let love be love, don’t give it a name. For a master, no disciples exist. But for a disciple, the Master exists. 

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Do not let your emotions get the better of you. Emotions have their own place in relationships. But where you have to be intelligent and act wisely, there you should not get carried away by emotions. Be alert and take intelligent action. Then you will not get deceived, and you will see that even your relationships will become sweeter and more harmonious.

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Communication in Relationships

-“Communication is the fuel that keeps the fire of your relationship burning, without it, your relationship goes cold.” ~ William Paisley

A satisfying relationship with another person requires good communication, mutual understanding and empathy. If there is a significant drop in one of these factors, e.g. we disagree and have an argument, then an upset ensues – we aren’t speaking to one another anymore. We have to get over that barrier and start communicating – which means to begin listening openly and intently as well as to express how we feel. Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development. As Brahma Kumaris says, “Good feelings for others are like ointments that heal wounds and re-establish friendship and relationships. Good feelings are generated in the mind, are transmitted through your attitude and are reflected through your eyes and smile. Smiling opens the heart and a glance can make miracles happen.”

“Before you speak, think: Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Will it hurt anyone? Will it improve on the silence?” ~Sai Baba

Mindfulness is the practice of being consciously aware of one’s thoughts, feelings and actions, paying attention in the present moment, and perceiving what exists non – judgmentally. It’s the opposite to mindlessly reacting according to programmed behavior patterns and emotional responses, “flying off the handle” in other words. It’s an ability we can all cultivate if we have a mind to, and our relationships will benefit massively if we do.

“Without communication there is no relationship. Without respect there is no love. Without trust there is no reason to continue.” ~ Unknown

Communication (expression and listening) leads to understanding, which leads to empathy, whch leads to compassion. Compromise and agreements become possible, the way ahead shared. With good communication you can feel connected, understood, appreciated and more loved – and make another feel the same. Good communication is like water to a plant, it helps relationships blossom and grow.

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said. The art of reading between the lines is a life long quest of the wise.” ~ Shannon L. Adler

People can sometimes be hesitant to be honest, to tell the truth, and all of the truth. We can use our gut feeling to know when what’s being said isn’t congruent with the situation. And use our intuition to know what question to ask that will bring the truth out into the open. Don’t assume your partner knows about everything you expect or want in a relationship. Let him or her know. A relationship should be based on communication, not on assumption.

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” ~ Bill Cosby

Serving others offers great rewards. Serving at the expense of yourself – through propitiation or people-pleasing as a means of manipulation – comes with a huge cost that ultimately limits your ability to serve, and limits your ability to achieve anything through authentic commitment. A relationship based on people-pleasing is unbalanced and an unnecessary sacrifice of integrity, that will eventually break down.

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The Opposites!


Don’t suppress your emotions, only change their inner polarity.

When the mind is disturbed by wrong thoughts, ponder on the opposites
— Patanjali’s sutra

This is a beautiful method. It will be useful for you. For example, if you are feeling discontented, what to do? Patanjali says ponder on the opposite: if you are feeling discontented, contemplate about contentment, what is contentment.

Bring a balance. If your mind is angry, bring compassion in. Think about compassion; and, immediately, the energy changes, because they are the same; the opposite is the same energy. Once you bring it in, it absorbs. When you sense that
anger is rising with you, contemplate on compassion.

Do one thing: keep a statue of Buddha, because that statue is the gesture of compassion. Whenever you are angry, go into the room, look at Buddha, sit Buddha-like, and feel compassion. Suddenly, you will see a transformation happening within you: the anger is changing, excitement gone…compassion arising. And it is not different energy; it is the same energy — the same energy of anger — changing its quality, going higher. Try it.

It is not suppression, remember. You go on pushing it down and you smile and you act as if you are not angry — and anger is bubbling there, boiling, ready to explode. Then it is suppression. No, we are not suppressing anything, and we are not creating a smile or anything; we are just changing the inner polarity.

The opposite is the pole. When you feel hateful, think of love. When you feel desire, think of desirelessness and the silence that comes in it. Whatsoever the case may be, bring the opposite in and watch what happens within you. Once you
have the knack for it, you become a master. Now you have the key: any moment, anger can be changed into compassion, any moment, hate can be turned into love, any moment, sadness can become ecstasy. Suffering can become bliss, because
suffering has the same energy as bliss; the energy is not different. You just have to know how to channel it.

Whenever there is anger, it can be transformed into compassion, but you have no idea how to do it. And it is not an art which can be taught; it is a knack. You have to do it and learn it through the process of doing it; there is no other way. It is just like swimming: you have to swim, and err, and sometimes get into danger, and sometimes you might feel lost — that life is lost and you are drowning. You have to pass all this, and then the knack comes, then you know what it is.

Next time, when there is anger, or there is sadness, just sit silently and allow the sadness to move towards happiness — just help push it a little. Don’t do too much and don’t be in a hurry. Sadness will be reluctant at first to go towards happiness, because for centuries, for many lives, you have not allowed it to move that way, it will be reluctant — much like a horse you are forcing towards a new path on which it has never been, it will be reluctant, it will try to go back to the old pattern, to the old path, to the old rut. But, by and by, persuade it, seduce it. Tell sadness, “Don’t be afraid. It is really groovy; come this way. You can become happiness, and there is nothing wrong in it, nothing impossible.” Just persuade, talk to your sadness, and one day, you will suddenly find that sadness has moved into a new channel: it has become happiness. That day, a yogi is born, not before it. Before that you are simply preparing. 

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Learning About the Mind

There are many situations or states of mind, but generally you can categorize them into three kinds:

When there is craving or longing. Longing for worldly or spiritual experiences

When there is dullness. There is neither longing nor there is any interest in anything. a sense of inertia in our mind. You just go on with inertia. This situation can set now and then in life

When there is contentment, happiness and joy, The purpose of all this celebration is to move from inertia to joy, to move from longing to contentment. It’s so beautiful.

There are those who do not even look at their mind, they just keep working and working. Then there are others who keep looking at their own mind. Both are not good, take the middle path. Sometimes take a look at the mind, but not all the time. Do you see what I’m saying? Otherwise you will become self-centred, all the time thinking, ‘What do I want?’ Or ‘I am feeling like this’.

Forget about how you feel, feelings keep changing. One minute it is good, next minute it is not good, so what! Move with valour and courage.

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The more we are in our comfort zone, just caring for ourselves and our immediate families, our life starts shrinking. Then we start being angry, upset, frustrated; all these negative thoughts start coming. If you keep yourself a little engaged in social and public activity, you will be less upset at home, and there will be more harmony at the home. front.

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Q: How do we manage stress and anxiety?

Guruji: Keep smiling as you are doing now. Don’t hold on to stress and anxiety. If you don’t hold on to it, then there is no question of managing it.

What is a Guru and ashram for? Leave all your anxieties, pray, have faith and move on. If you have the faith, you will reap the fruits.

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We need to lessen our needs and take more responsibility. If our needs are more and responsibilities are less, time will be bad for us. When we reduce our needs and take more responsibility we will be of use to the society. The society will take care of us and we will be able to take care of the society.

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