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2008 July 6 [Sunday]

Some food for thought

Did you know that :

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocado's and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of sperm as well as help overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Grapefruits, Oranges, and most Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes

Sometimes it takes science quite a while to learn what Nature knew from the beginning.

2008 January 14 [Monday]

makar shankranti

Had a very beautiful, yet dangerous visitor who took an hour getting chased out. Last week(end) was tough and tiring, partly because i exerted myself when i felt a l'il better resulting in a relapse. Random bytes like "it can be typhoid, 4 of my friends got it last week" makes me contemplate another round of tests tomorrow, which i dont look forward to at the moment :(

Currently we have 2 DD's and 2 more in the queue and bubulle and sam had attended foss.in as part of Project days so i had suggested that next time Debian can send female DD's if any are interested. That would give the DW project the visibility it deserves. The "why women....." advocacy talks has been overdone over the years so why not showcase DW's remarkable success rate : 10 female DD's at various stages in the developer queue, over the years. I managed to chew helix's and marga's ears about technical talks ... interested :) if the issue of travel sponsorship could be worked out.

ATM i dont feel like crawling through the full mailbox or reading anything at all and its Sankranti but i dont feel the energy at all. My pet peeve is the tendency of DR's (medics) handing out high doses/strong medication without bothering to check for past history/allergies and such-like. Lucre of endless tests and time may be a factor but i am not amused at their careless attitude.

Happy Makar Shankranti/Pongal !!

2007 December 29 [Saturday]

Vipassana

Its almost 3 years that i attended the first Vipassana meditation course at Igatpuri. I used to maintain a static page but am too lazy to rework that now. Anyway we are not supposed to recount our 10-day meditation experience's so as to not colour other people's (yet-to-happen) experience. But i guess i can talk about other things besides that, especially the part about how not to be a nuisance to others or flaunt your wealth (even the lack of it).


Having practiced meditation (off and on) since childhood this was a completely different experience. Rather I could say its very tough and unlike the regular meditation techniques (like chanting, or the yogic breathing exercises). Its tougher because for 10 days you cannot talk, no music (cant even sing or hum, so really very tough), no cellphone (easy), no tv (easy), no computer /internet (tough) or newspaper (tough). There is a code of discipline to be followed which can be summarised as :

/quote:
Take great care that your actions do not disturb anyone.
Take no notice of distractions caused by others.

/unquote:

The former was not difficult for me but I was tested on the latter by my dorm-mate. Recounting, on the registration day the volunteer alloting rooms had alloted me a single room (usually given to foreigners and some Indians (dont ask why, you wont like to hear it)) but i wanted the tougher experience and opted for the common dorm. Dorms are a row of rooms each shared by 2 women (men? -i dunno, we are not allowed to go there so only men can tell).

The person I shared the room with was from an affluent family (father was a diamond merchant) and she made sure that all around her (in this case, me) were informed about this via her actions. Where everyone (and i mean everyone, literally) had one piece of luggage + a handbaggage, she came with a porter carrying 2 huge suitcases (the kind we Indians carry when going to work/study/marry in USA ;-)) and a carton (which i later learnt contained Bisleri water, snacks, including chocolates for the entire 11 days). And here i thought we were supposed to follow some discipline.

At this point i must mention that while the code exists, you as an individual are expected to discipline yourself. There is no one to stand over to watch you or police your actions. We spoke to each other on the first day and i had no inkling of what was to follow in the next few days. As much as i tried to ignore her afterwards, her actions were annoying to say the least partly because we shared a room. I still meet people like her in my daily life and maybe they just dont realise how irritating and annoying they can be or do it on purpose. I digress.

Of the 2 huge suitcases, one apparently contained her bedding (I kid you not) . Apparently she needed two warmers (razai), 2 pillows all of which were colour co-ordinated (make that print-matching) with pleated frills and embroidery along the 4 sides, to enable a good nights sleep. Probably they should serve bed tea next, to complete the charming picture. Since it was winter (Igatpuri can get really chilly) I had gotten the window closed but she managed to poke open the window (the metal mesh to keep out mosquitoes was nailed to the wooden frame meant you cannot close it from inside and the dorm was kinda on a hill so to climb the steep surface i had to go and ask a volunteer to get a man to climb it, especially difficult as men are not allowed to enter the women's only area and vice-versa.)

My bed was near the window and come morning (4 am to be precise) i would get up with a severe migrane and sinus problem and after two nights of this i had a raging fever. It looked like i would have to cut short my stay due to ill health. Needless to say it was impossible to meditate and annoying as i was not able to learn anything. On the third day i had had enough and escalated the matter (should have done it on the first day itself) and the teacher gave me permission to talk to her about it, since she did not listen to the volunteers warning on the previous 2 days. After our chat she behaved and i am not even taking her to task for other irritants like snacking at all hours (remember the carton of food and water) of the day and night, stealing food (fruits from the lunch/tea and dinner time, i didnt ask but she prolly felt guilty as i walked in on her and told me they didnt provide enough food ... duh, its a buffet system so gimme a break, will ya), talking (whispering) to me when we are not supposed to talk, messing up the washroom and not cleaning up after use, .... in short be a complete nuisance and treat others lesser than oneself, which is difficult to ignore when you live together 24/7.

Despite her best efforts to cull my stay, i managed to complete the 10 days successfully and met a lot of other nice people after the course was over. I wanted to go back to repeat a 2nd or 3rd 10-day course, but never did. So I was surprised to discover today that Bangalore has a residential meditation centre, considering the fact that Mumbai still does not have one which meant I had to go to Igatpuri, which was very nice but not always good on our life schedules. In retrospect, it seems better to have one in the city you live, theoretically atleast. I could not locate the Centre on G-maps (Address: Alur (Near Panchayat Office), Dasanapura Hobli, (23 Km from Bangalore City Railway Station)) but am guessing its near Yelahanka or somewhere in N.Blr given that Attur lake sounds like Alur. Not sure. For 2008 this is on my 'to-do' list so lets see if i am able to do it.

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