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Heartfulness Meditation – A Scientific Approach To Spirituality

Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to learn to relax, meditate and discover the unlimited resources of the heart. With practice, one experiences the calmness from within, leading to the creation of better concentration, inner balance and true wellness of being.


Heartfulness is a simple, practical way to learn to relax, meditate and discover the unlimited resources of the heart. With practice, one experiences the calmness from within, leading to the creation of better concentration, inner balance and true wellness of being.

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Nourishment through Heartfulness Meditation

How does Heartfulness-Meditation nourish the mind, body, and soul?

The nutritional aspects of our existence vary for our physical body, for our mind and for our soul.  Our physical body receives nourishment through vitamins and minerals. We enrich our minds and educate ourselves through different educational systems, through school, college, books and the Internet.

What is the source of food for the soul?  It is the Divine Energy, Divine Essence, which is transmitted from the heart of the giver into another person’s heart. This Divine energy comes from the Eternal Source (Cosmic Energy).

And this is where Heartfulness Meditation comes into play its role.

The Science behind Heartfulness- Meditation

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There is no conflict between Science and Spirituality – both search for the truth – while one looks at the external, physical world and needs proofs, the other looks within, at the consciousness within and provides experiential truth.

If spirituality is scientific, is it not necessary for it to be proved beyond doubt to be believed and accepted?

The scientific nature of spirituality tells us – form a hypothesis, set up a personal experiment in meditation practice and see what the results are. This way, we realize the reality of anything ourselves.

Citing a Harvard study, Spiritual Master Kamlesh.D.Patel says that an electroencephalogram test conducted on some Buddhist monks, who have meditated for more than 20,000 hours, had entered the ‘delta’ stage (fourth level) of consciousness. Meditation, done the Heartfulness way, aims at attaining this stage much earlier.

Mr.Kamlesh Patel advocates – “Let belief be based on experience.” He also likens the present level of consciousness among humans to a thin film of water, indicating the presence of an ocean of super-consciousness above and another ocean of sub-consciousness beneath it.

Heart as the Laboratory

Heartfulness Meditation combines a scientific approach to spirituality.  There is a great underlying philosophy in meditation on the heart. The heart is the pumping station for our blood. A purified heart sends out purified blood to all parts of our body, including the smallest cells, thus purifying our entire being. We take the heart as the center for meditation as it is the center of life and by this practice, purify it and set our individual mind on the right path. The heart is the field of action of our mind and thus must always be set right to guide our mind.

Whatever you experience through a meditation process, first you prove it in your heart. Your heart thus becomes your laboratory.

Why do we meditate on the heart when the brain alone thinks of everything?

The heart is the field of work for the mind and all the points which are there in the body and the brain, almost all of them, are found in the heart and meditating on it, facilitates in purifying all those points.

Like scientists, we experiment with this meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. These results of meditation are reproducible every time.  In scientific experiments, however, the results are reproducible under one and the same set of circumstances. The moment you change the circumstances the results will be different.

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In science, for example, water boils at 100° temperature, but is this a universal truth? No. You can boil water in the mountains at 5000 feet or 10,000 feet, at a lower temperature. Even in Science there are no fixed rules. What about the melting point of water? It is the same principle: at zero degrees at sea level water will freeze but if you put a little salt in it, it will not freeze at zero degrees. That is why we use salt when there is snow on the roads. So, this simple experiment of observing at what temperature water will boil or will freeze depends on external circumstances and also on what is present in the water – salt or no salt.

It may however be noted that in spiritual experiments, you are the judge, you are the experimenter and you can change the circumstances and yet arrive at the same conclusion: ‘Yes, meditation does make me tranquil, it does make me peaceful, it does bring calmness within me.’

When one commences Heartfulness Meditation, there is no need for faith or belief on the very first day. We are like scientists; we experiment with this method of  meditation in our own hearts and see how we feel. The experiment provides the experience.

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  1. Adapted from Literature of the Heartfulness Institute and Interviews and

Talks given by Mr.Kamlesh Patel, President Heartfulness Institute

  1. The next article in the Newsletter will cover the concept and process of

Heartfulness Meditation

  1. For more on the subject, please visit http://www.heartfulness.org

PETA ad claims Beer is Better than Milk


“Got beer? It’s official: beer is better for you than milk!”. This is what a billboard sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has claimed in Madison, Wisconsin, also known as America’s Dairyland. 

Well, we knew about how Vodka is beneficial for health [Watch Video Here] but the benefits of beer were only known to dissolve stones (Did you know about Tonsil Stones?there is something called tonsil stones too!) and reduce bad cholesterol. However, PETA claims the following benefits, quoting sources like American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Harvard School of Public Health, the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association :  beer aids longevity and strengthens bones, while milk causes obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Read here: How to fight diabetes with simple lifestyle changes?

A donation of $500 was made by PETA to MADD out of goodwill after the “Got Beer?” campaign was stripped off in 2000. The campaign was halted out of respect for MADD, PETA explained. After PETA was accused of promoting beer drinking through their campaigns, the organization stated that other beverages like juices, mineral water and soy milk are also recommended by them, and asked why beer has been over-hyped.

Did you know the benefits of having fresh juice from raw fruits and vegetables?

“Had we used soda instead of beer, there would have been no media interest in the campaign, of course. PETA urges everyone, beer-drinkers included, to drink responsibly. Where milk is concerned, there’s no such thing!,” PETA stated on its website. (Source: Yahoo! News)

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s New Capabilities

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre is an NABL accredited, FSSAI empanelled and BIS certified laboratory, that carries an experience of over 25 years in providing analytical services for food and beverages. Recently, FRAC got recognized as an Environmental Laboratory under the Environment Protection Act of 1986, by CPCB, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, to carry out Environment Impact Analysis projects.

The institute continuously works on new method developments with the aim of providing better, accurate and wider range of testing services. With the purchase of the new LCMS-MS from Water’s Corporation, within a month, the following new methods have been developed at FRAC.

Pesticides: FRAC is now capable of testing all the pesticides as per the requirements of the Food Safety Act 2006. The groups of these pesticides are : Organochlorine Group, Organophosphorous Group, Triazines, Fungicides/Insectisides, Pyrimidines, Triazoles, Imidazole, Phthalimide, Nicotinoides, Aliphatic Nitrogen Fungicides, Morpholine, Natural Product Derivatives, Herbicides Group, Benzimidazole Funzicide, Pyrithroides, Carbamates, Inorganic Bromide, Dithiocarbamates, Strobilurin, Phenyl Pyrazole, Nitrophenyl ether, Plant Growth Regulator, Antimicrobial pesticides

Antibiotics: Antibiotic resistance is a looming public health crisis. International, national, and local antibiotic stewardship campaigns have been developed to encourage prudent use of and limit unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, with the ultimate goal of preserving their effectiveness for serious and life-threatening infections. The list of antibiotics that we test are as follows :

Amino-Acids: The list of amino acids that are now tested in our facility are: Arginine, Lysine, Methionine, Cysteine, Treptofan, Histidine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Tretinoin, Valine, Tyrosine, Glycine

Synthetic Preservatives: Sorbic acid and salts, Benzoic acid and salts, Ascorbyl palmitate, Ascorbic acid, BHA, BHT, TBHQ, Propyll gallate

To know more about our latest developments, feel free to contact us through any of these channels:

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Harmony and Positivity – The Role of Communication


FRAC is starting with a new series of posts – Holistic Care. We feel that what we eat is not the only food for soul. What we see, feel, speak, hear, touch ; everything is food for soul. Thus, we all require a holistic care to excel in life.

In today’s edition, we speak on – “ MAKING COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVE – THROUGH HARMONY AND POSITIVITY

 

THE PRINCIPLES OF CONVERSATION

The style of speech should be devoid of rise and fall in pitch. In fact, it should be like the divine current, flowing evenly since the beginning of creation.  Innumerable are its benefits, beyond the possibility of narration. This is a philosophy, that when the flow of conversation proceeds in such a manner, there develops a state of harmony between the two who are communicating with each other.  This results in effectiveness: whatever is spoken touches the hearts of persons. In other words, a sort of positive relationship is created with effectiveness. While communicating in this manner, only those words will be flowing out during conversations which are intended and are right. The technique for achieving this consists first of all in attempting to remove the rise and fall in the voice while talking, which is also called sharpness. This flow of speech will go on acquiring harmony to the extent that such a reduction is achieved progressively. ‘Sharpness’ does not imply only anger, which is very gross. The flow of speech should not carry any kind of weight in it. An illustration of this is a current of still air. This is very difficult to achieve, but everything is possible through sustained effort and courage.

BALANCED CONDITION OF THE MIND

The balanced condition of mind is an expression of the right attitude of man in all his activities, under varied circumstances. In a broad sense, it is the reflection of one’s character. It has a deep impact and a favorable influence on people who are associated with such a person.  It reveals itself in conversation, serious and long or light and short, which is devoid of excitement or emotional outburst; devoid of a rapid, short-tempered and moody reaction, but a prompt, methodical and civil expression of one’s own self. It is soft, cultured and smooth like the harmonious descent of divine grace. The pure heart pours itself forth naturally with nobility, magnanimity and love. It leaves an impression immediately and it progressively makes deep inroads into and establishes itself in the minds of all.

The voice may be modulated to avoid a high pitch or any variation of the tone, because that goes with anger and anger is a poison to spirituality. If a nasty and short temper is avoided, if the evil of anger is overcome, there is scope for the attainment of the balanced condition of mind. This frailty of man leads to loss of self-respect and individuality and results in unhappiness. It restrains the flow of divine grace. The greater the control over this attitude, the freer and more bounteous is the celestial gift. It is a pity that this important and essential principle of the use of the tongue in the inevitable and constant activity of man is not only overlooked but also neglected.  It is no doubt very difficult to control the mind.

NATURE OF SPEECH

  • He whose tongue is polite, civilized and cultured, has a large heart, pure and noble, and thus has wide sway over the minds of others. But equivocation is not to be encouraged.
  • A civil tongue is a prerequisite to achieve the goal of human life.
  • A cultured tongue rules the kingdom of the heart.
  • A polished tongue in discourse or conversation influences humanity and reigns supreme.

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Adapted from Shri Ram Chandra’s article on the Principles of Conversation

Shri Ram Chandra Mission            

www.heartfulness.org

FRAC Goes Unstoppable! Now Performs All Pesticides as per FSSAI!


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) is on a spree of developing new test methods to perform various new tests of parameters with more accurate results, shorter Turn Around Time and more cost effective!

Recently developments included :

  1. New Test Method for testing of Taurine
  2. Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

And within days since the last development on pesticides testing on fresh fruits and vegetables, FRAC’s highly competent Technical Team has developed testing facility for conducting analysis of the entire list of pesticides that have been prescribed by FSSAI.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre’s location:

The Technical Team floated the great news to all:

Dear All,

It is to inform you, that optimization process for the quantitative determination of pesticides “as mentioned under FSSAI (i.e. list of 149 pesticides)”  has been completed by instrument lab using LC-MSMS. Hence from now onwards, all the pesticides as per FSSAI shall be analyzed In-House. The attachment has a list of total 231 pesticides along with other parameters, which now need not to be sent to other lab for analysis.

Point to remember: No subcontracting to be done for analysis of pesticides and other parameters listed in the attachment. (As per FSSAI and all other regulatory body)

The list of Pesticides can be downloaded from here: FRAC Pesticides

Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and Vegetables


In a recent development, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC Labs)  has purchased an all new latest model of LCMS-MS manufactured by Waters which has enabled FRAC to perform a variety of new tests in-house and provide highly accurate results in a shorter Turn Around Time (TAT).

One such development has been the development of the testing methods of Pesticides in Fresh Fruits and vegetables.

Read Also: Benefits of consuming juice extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables

The technical team at FRAC floated this great news all around, after working hard on new developments and testing facilities :

Read More: More new developments at FRAC. Now Taurine too can be tested at FRAC

Dear All,

Request you to be informed, that analytical method for the quantitative determination of 42 pesticides (in samples of “Fresh Fruits & Vegetables”) by LC-MSMS has been developed by Instrument lab.

The list of parameters that have been developed are as follows:

List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC
List of new pesticides that can now be tested by FRAC

Jasmine Iced Tea Lemonade — Cooking with a Wallflower


Slightly sweetened jasmine tea infused in a tart classic lemonade. This jasmine iced tea lemonade is perfect for those hot summer days. As much as I love the warm summer days, sometimes the heat is just too much for me. I was born and raised in San Francisco, so I’m used to the cool weather.…

via Jasmine Iced Tea Lemonade — Cooking with a Wallflower

Everything You Need To Know About Taurine!

Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), food, beverage and environment testing laboratory has constantly been working on developing test methods of various new and complex parameters that are present in food we eat and drinks we consume. In a recent development, FRAC’s technical team has developed testing facility for analysis of Taurine, am amino compound found in every energy drink that is out there in the market.

Read: What happens when you consume Energy Drinks?

Here is everything you need to know about Taurine

Taurine is an amino sulfonic acid, but it is often referred to as an amino acid, a chemical that is a required building block of protein. Taurine is found in large amounts in the brain, retina, heart, and blood cells called platelets. The best food sources are meat and fish.

Some people take taurine supplements as medicine to treat congestive heart failure (CHF), high blood pressure, liver disease (hepatitis), high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), and cystic fibrosis. Other uses include seizure disorders (epilepsy), autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), eye problems (disorders of the retina), diabetes, and alcoholism. It is also used to improve mental performance and as an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells of the body from damage that results from certain chemical reactions involving oxygen (oxidation). (Source: WebMD)

Read : How aspartame, an artificial sweetner, has become a sweet poison!

Because taurine is utilized by the body during exercise and in times of stress, it’s become a popular ingredient in energy drinks. Taurine shows an anxiolytic effect on the central nervous system, causing a possible reduction of anxiety symptoms associated with caffeine intake. While this may sound beneficial, perhaps its not the best thing to intake when seeking energy for your daily tasks.

Side Effects of Taurine

Since taurine produces high level of anxiety symptoms, over consumption of energy drinks may cause a cardiovascular problem. Studies have implicated energy drinks in illnesses ranging from high blood pressure to strokes and seizures to heart disease. For these reasons it’s been banned in some Scandinavian countries after being linked to the deaths of three consumers. (Source: GlobalHealing)

Did you know you could predict a heart attack?

Take a pass on the “crash and burn” high from caffeine and sugar – and taurine. The ingredients of these drinks, both mysterious and some not too mysterious, are a recipe for disaster. They may “give you wings,” but you’ll soon come tumbling down – and in the long run, crash really hard.

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Everything You Need To Know About Particulate Matter


Delhi has started with the second edition of its previously much-talked about Odd Even rule. The Odd-Even rule was implemented after the air in the national capital became too dangerous to breath in. All the media houses shouted few words all the time : “high PM levels; PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels cross the safe limit; air in Delhi too harmful”.

So how exactly does the PM levels harm our body? Infact, lets start with what exactly is PM?

Particulate matter (or PM) is the term used for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye.

What is PM 10 and PM 2.5?

PM 10 is particulate matter 10 micrometers or less in diameter, PM  2.5 is particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter. PM2.5 is generally described as fine particles. By way of comparison, a human hair is about 100 micrometers, so roughly 40 fine particles could be placed on its width

Fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when levels in air are high. PM2.5 are tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. Outdoor PM2.5 levels are most likely to be elevated on days with little or no wind or air mixing. The New York State Departments of Health (DOH) and Environmental Conservation (DEC) alert the public by issuing a PM2.5 Health Advisory when PM2.5 concentrations in outdoor air are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.

So where does the fine particulate matter come from?

There are outdoor and indoor sources of fine particles. Outside, fine particles primarily come from car, truck, bus and off-road vehicle (e.g., construction equipment, snowmobile, locomotive) exhausts, other operations that involve the burning of fuels such as wood, heating oil or coal and natural sources such as forest and grass fires. Fine particles also form from the reaction of gases or droplets in the atmosphere from sources such as power plants. These chemical reactions can occur miles from the original source of the emissions. PM2.5 is also produced by common indoor activities. Some indoor sources of fine particles are tobacco smoke, cooking (e.g., frying, sautéing, and broiling), burning candles or oil lamps, and operating fireplaces and fuel-burning space heaters (e.g., kerosene heaters).

Sources: EPA.gov  and  Health.NY.gov

What are the health effects?

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease,
  • nonfatal heart attacks,
  • irregular heartbeat,
  • aggravated asthma,
  • decreased lung function, and
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

Apart from health effects, presence of PM also affects the visibility around. It produces haze, which creates problems for people behind the wheels.

FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC), which a Environment Monitoring and Food & Beverage testing lab is associated with the Government of NCT in carrying out Ambient Air Quality Monitoring for this edition of Odd Even Rule!

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Did you know about Tonsil Stones?


Whenever we speak about stones, we can only think about stones in gall bladder or in kidney. But have you ever heard of Tonsil Stones, or tonsilloliths?

Our tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies where bacteria and other materials, including dead cells and mucous, can become trapped. When this happens, the debris can become concentrated in white formations, the tonsil stones, that occur in the pockets. Tonsil stones are most common in teens and those with large tonsils.  Those with poor dental hygiene may also experience tonsil stones.

How do I know if I have Tonsil Stones?

Typically, tonsil stones can be seen as white, yellow or grey nodes on the tonsils. Though, many tonsil stones aren’t visible because they are burrowed down inside of the tonsil.

Some people have no symptoms when afflicted with tonsil stones. Those who do have symptoms often report redness or irritation of the tonsils. There are several other symptoms that can be related to tonsil stones, with bad breath being one of the most obvious. According to the Mayo Clinic, bacteria grow on the stones, which produces a foul odor.

People with throat stones can also feel like they have something stuck in their throats.

Watch: Funny video on How to fight a sleepy day at work!

So, how bad can it be?

Tonsil infections that lead to chronic bad breath are most often due to tonsil stones. Although tonsil stones are fairly common, many dentists and physicians miss them completely when their patients complain of halitosis.

A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection concluded that tonsil stones cause halitosis because they are crawling with anaerobic bacteria.

More about remedies for foul breath!

And what’s the remedy?

Well, it really boils down to two things :

  1. Proper dental hygiene – for starters, try to brush the stone out, keep your oral hygiene in order, gargle with salt water twice a day.
  2. Surgery – this one needs some serious consideration. Tonsil removal surgeries involve bleeding, use of anesthesia, and well, no talking for some time!

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Take care!