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Infant Infections Death Balarishta Karuka Homa

In Health, Hinduism on September 1, 2014 at 11:01

Infants upto the age of five years suffer from a lot of unspecified infections, diseases,disorders and many die.


Most of the medicines prescribed for Infants are only supportive in nature and a cure.



And modern Medicine has a name if the reason for the disease is not known.




The medicine that is prescribed for Allergies are some times allergic themselves!..


When I was young I used to fall sick frequently and medicines were of no avail.


I heard from my parents that they used to perform Ayush Homa, on the day of my birth star , till my fifth year.


I have been cured of the frequent diseases, my parents used to say.


As an aside, Hindus do not celebrate Birth days,possibly because one year gone is that much nearer to death!


However Sastras say that Ayush Homa is to be performed for the child till it completes five years.


This is prevent Infant Mortality  and to ward of infections and unknown diseases.


There is also Balarishta.


Balarishta is the Sanskrit word that means infant mortality, but astrologically it actually indicates a Dosha, a misfortune more in terms of ill-health during infancy and childhood than of any other kind of adversity that can strike a person at that age. Therefore, it is an affliction in the Natal Chart or Query Chart, an ava-yoga (evil yoga), which need not necessarily indicate early death, for death occurs only if the planetary infliction is severe and there are no other yogas indicating a longer term of life counter – acting Balarishta Dosha.[2] In Astrology the most difficult task is the determination of one’s age i.e. span of life, time of death and Balarishta.


Whether one believes in Astrology or not, every one wants the Infant to be healthy and safe from Diseases.


One does not lose anything by performing certain Poojas to ward off this..


Karuka(Cyndon dactylon),அருகம்புல் Homa may be performed at Guruvayoor Krishna temple.


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Human Organ Human Trafficking Price Profits

In Health on July 9, 2014 at 11:58

It is only when, under unfortunate circumstances, one needs an Organ for saving a Life, does one come to know of the scarcity of Organs available for Transplantation and the huge costs involved even in the Legal Market.


What many of us do not know is the illegal market in Organ Transplantation.


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Sale of Body Parts,India.


Here are some facts.


Illegal Organ Trade Market:$0.075 Billion ($75 Million)


Price of Humans



Illegal Market for Human Organs,India.


Patients, many of whom will go toChinaIndia or Pakistan for surgery, can pay up to $200,000 (nearly £128,000) for a kidney to gangs who harvest organs from vulnerable, desperate people, sometimes for as little as $5,000.

The vast sums to be made by both traffickers and surgeons have been underlined by the arrest by Israeli police last week of 10 people, including a doctor, suspected of belonging to an international organ trafficking ring and of committing extortion, tax fraud and grievous bodily harm. Other illicit organ trafficking rings have been uncovered in India and Pakistan.

The Guardian contacted an organ broker in China who advertised his services under the slogan, “Donate a kidney, buy the new iPad!” He offered £2,500 for a kidney and said the operation could be performed within 10 days.


ACT NO. 42 OF 1994
[8th July, 1994.]

An Act to provide for the regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes and for the prevention of commercial dealings in human organs and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. WHEREAS it is expedient to provide for the regulation of removal, storage and transplantation of human organs for therapeutic purposes and for the prevention of commercial dealings in human organs; AND WHEREAS in Parliament has no power to make laws for the States with respect to any of the matters aforesaid except as provided in articles 249 and 250 of the Constitution;
AND WHEREAS in pursuance of clause (1) of article 252 of the Constitution, resolutions have been passed by all the Houses of the Legislatures of the States of Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra to the effect that the matters aforesaid should be regulated in those States by Parliament by law; 2 BE it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows:- CHAP PRELIMINARY CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY
Short title, application and commencement.
1.Short title, application and commencement.- (1) This Act may be called the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994.
(2) It applies, in the first instance, to the whole of the States of Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra and to all the Union territories and it shall also apply to such other State which adopts
this Act by resolution passed in that behalf under clause (1) of article 252 of the Constitution.
(3) It shall come into force in the States of Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra and in all the Union territories on such date as the Central Government may, by notification, appoint and in any
other State which adopts this Act under clause (1) of article 252 of the Constitution, on the date of such adoption; and any reference in this Act to the commencement of this Act shall, in relation to any State or Union territory, means the date on which this Act comes into force in such State or Union territory.
Definition. 2. Definition.- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,- (a) “advertisement” includes any form of advertising whether to the public generally or to any section of the public or, individually to selected persons; (b) “Appropriate Authority” means the Appropriate Authority appointed under section 13; (c) “Authorisation Committee” means the committee consti-
tuted under clause (a) or clause (b) of sub-section (4) of section 9; (d) “brain-stem death” means the stage at which all functions of the brain-stem have permanently and irreversibly
ceased and is so certified under sub-section (6) of section 3; (e) “deceased person” means a person in whom permanent dis- appearance of all evidence of life occurs, by reason of brain-stem death or in a cardiopulmonary sense, at any time after live birth has taken place; (f) “donor” means any person, not less than eighteen years of age, who voluntarily authorises, the removal of any of his
human organs for therapeutic purposes under sub-section (1)
or subsection (2) of section 3; (g) “hospital” includes a nursing home, clinic, medical centre, medical or teaching institution for therapeutic purposes and other like institution; (h) “human organ” means any part of a human body consisting of a structured arrangement of tissues which, if wholly re- moved, cannot be replicated by the body; (i) “near relative” means spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister; 3 (j) “notification” means a notification published in the Official Gazette; (k) “payment” means payment in money or money’s worth but does not include any payment for defraying or reimbursing; (i) the hcost of removing, transporting or preserving the human organ to be supplied; or (ii) any expenses or loss of earnings incurred by a person so far as reasonably and directly attributable to his supplying any human organ from his body; (l) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this Act; (m) “recipient” means a person into whom any human organ is, or is proposed to be, transplanted; (n) “registered medical practitioner” means a medical practitioner who possesses any recognised medical qualification as defined in clause (h) of section 2 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, and who is enrolled on a State Medical Register as defined in clause (k) of that section; (o) “therapeutic purposes” means systematic treatment of any disease or the measures to improve health according to any particular method or modality; and (p) “transplantation” means the grafting of any human organ from any living person or deceased person to some other living person for therapeutic purposes.
Authority for removal of human organs.
3. Authority for removal of human organs.- (1) Any donor may, in such manner and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed, authorise the removal, before his death, of any human organ of his body for therapeutic purposes.
(2) If any donor had, in writing and in the presence of two or more witnesses (at least one of whom is a near relative of such person), unequivocally authorised at any time before his death, the removal of any human organ of his body, after his death, for therapeutic purposes, the person lawfully in possession of the dead body of the donor shall, unless he has any reason to believe that the donor had subsequently revoked the authority aforesaid, grant to a registered medical practitioner all reasonable facilities for the removal, for therapeutic purposes, of that human organ from the dead body of the donor.
(3) Where no such authority as is referred to in sub-section….”








Fat Lipid Cholesterol Causes Heart Attack Lie

In Health on June 17, 2014 at 19:43

You would find even an illiterate advising you that fat causes heart attack.


Media Channels are awash with advertisements screaming at you about the danger of fat.


It would settle in the arteries to the heart and cause Heart Attack.


Many people nowadays live as a Goat eating only leaves as an effort to control fat.


You have food products, Drinks that claim to reduce fats.


There are Slimming centers which scare you and claim that they help you reduce Fat and thus reducing the chances of a Heart Attack.


One such organisation recently sponsored one kilo Gold to the winner of a Reality Show!


They resort to Lipo suction.


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Heat Attack.


My cousin brother’s daughter( 43) the next morning after this treatment.


She had no other ailments excepting the fact that she was Obese.


Just how true is this story of fat causing Heat Attack?


If excessive fat  settles in Arteries , why does it settle only in the Arteries of the Heart?


We have no heard of kidney Attack!


Doctors may respond with Data.


Read this.


Basically the Lipid Hypothesis says that you eat a lot of fats and cholesterol, they settle out in your arteries, then your arteries clog and form plaque, plaque and resulting clots then cause heart attacks.


This concept first arose as a result of research done in 1913 after a scientist named Nikolai Anitsdikow fed rabbits a good deal of cholesterol and they formed plaque in their arteries.


The theory was formally written up in 1951 by 2 doctors (Duff and McMillian) and published in the American Journal of Medicine.


It was then heavily promoted by Ancel Keys who published a paper and wrote a book in 1953.


Ancel Keys’ viewpoint was largely based on a study of seven countries that showed, he claimed, a direct a direct correlation between fat in the diet and heart attacks.


In 1960 an American Heart Association committee embraced the lipid (fat) hypothesis based on a 3 page report and as a result of all the press a young staffer incorporated it into Senator George McGovern’s Dietary Goals for the United States in 1977. It became part of a political platform.


There were some initial cholesterol drug trials that seemed to show a small relationship between lowering cholesterol with drugs and heart incidents so this was used as support for Eat Less Fats and Cholesterol” to have a healthy heart. That is where our Heart Healthy Diet came from.
There are problems with the “Lipid Hypothesis” however.


In the 1940’s and 1950’s the majority of cardiologists did not accept it.


It would affect all of the arteries, they claimed, not just the heart arteries.


There were no “kidney attacks” or “spleen attacks” only heart attacks.


It was also felt that if plaque in the arteries was caused by saturated fats and cholesterol “settling out” the smallest vessels would be afflicted first


. This was not the case. Furthermore the composition of arterial plaques is only a small amount (16%) of cholesterol and most of the fat was unsaturated (not animal fat). Most importantly the research and findings did not support it.
Feeding rabbits cholesterol, a meat based substance simply didn’t make sense. Rabbits are herbivores. Also the type of plaque was of a different kind than found in humans with atherosclerosis (plaquing).


When Ancel Keys wrote that the countries that ate more dietary fat had more heart problems he only used seven out of the 22 countries that he had the data on. He simply only used the ones that matched his theory.


At the time that the Lipid Hypothesis was embraced and formally adopted by the Dietary Goals for the United States there were only 7 randomly controlled studies done on fats and coronary (heart) artery disease, some poorly done, with very ambiguous results………..


They pooled data from 21 studies that included 347,747 people.


The conclusion: “There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) or CVD (Cardiovascular disease).”


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* I had a Heat attack about 10  years back.


I took medicines for a year an as there was no improvement, I threw the medicines out and am continuing my regular diet.


How To Fast Mahabharata Speaks Ekadasi Calendar

In Health, Hinduism on April 29, 2014 at 08:05

Fasting is observed by the Hindus, generally once a month , on the 11th day of the Moon waxing and waning, called the Ekadasi.


The next day is Dwadasi when those who are on Fast shall break the fast by taking special,yet a simple Food.


This consists of Boiled Rice, boiled Agathi Keerai (Tamil), Gooseberry Salad with Curds and a Gravy made of Sundakkai Vathal.


Ekadashi Fasting.

Ekadasi 11th Day of the Moon Fasting


Agathi Keerai ,scientific name  sesbania grandiflora and in English the spinach variety is called as august tree leaves or humming-bird tree leaves.


Medicinal benefits of Agathi Keeerai.


 Strong bones are the main contribution of agathi leaves.

The vitamins and rich calcium, iron content in this variety of spinach supplies more strength to bones.

By taking some amount of agathi leaves daily prevent weak bones in older ages and arthritis. Agathi leaves strengthen the nerves of eyes.


Nutritional Value.


Fiber                                   1.9 %

Fat                                      1.3 %

Calories                                90

Water content                       74.5 %

Protein                                  7.5 %

Calcium                                120 Mg

Phosphorus                            80 Mg

Iron                                       3.5 Mg

Vitamin C                              165 Mg

B complex                               less


Minerals                                 3.4 %


Gooseberry.( Amla)


In South india, gooseberries are boiled in salt water with little turmeric powder and stored. Then whenever we want, the gooseberries can be used to make chutney.
Gooseberry – 3 nos 
Green chilli – 2 nos
Grated coconut – 3 tblsp (optional – Those who are having cholestrol cannot use coconut.)
Salt must be put in after checking since the gooseberry is stored in salt water, very little amount of salt is required in the chutney


1. Mix all the ingredients and grind to a smooth paste. 
2. This can be had with dal rice, chappatti, curd rice etc.
Tempering:  Mustard seeds, Fenugreek seeds, Asafoetida, Oil, Curry leaves and a piece of Red chilli.
Variation:  Add 3 tblsp of beaten curd to it to make it little watery.

This is gooseberry pachadi .


Eating nellikai during pregnancy gives vitamin c.

The fruit contains high amount of vitamin C. So consumption of amla provides high level of vitamin C to body.

Nellikai is known as natural laxative.

It is rich in fibre.

Regular consumption of raw amla relieves the problem of constipation.


To treat chronic cough and cold, mix 1 tsp amla powder with 1 tsp honey and consume this mixture three times a day.


You might have been heard abut nellikai juice benefits in tamil siddha medicine. Mix amla juice in water and gargle with this water to get rid of mouth ulcers and ever bad breathe.


If you are suffering form joint pain of knee pain then is the best treatment for this. The anti-inflammatory property of not only reduces the pain but also helps to lessen the swelling. It is advised for the patients to consume raw amla or amla juice daily.


Ayurveda suggest Nellikai for the treatment of sleeplessness or insomniac condition. Nellikai oil massage is good for body pain.


If you are suffering form joint pain of knee pain then amla is the best treatment for this. The anti-inflammatory property of amla not only reduces the pain but also helps to lessen the swelling. It is advised for the patients to consume raw nelikai or amla juice daily.


As it is rich in vitamin C, amla is always suggested in the treatment of eyes. Regular consumption of amla or amla products are suggested by the eye specialists. It not only improves the vision but also reduces itching, redness and other eye problems in eyes.


Amla cures indigestion. Amla is a natural blood purifier. It washes off harmful toxins from the body. The troubles related to liver and bladder is also cured with the consumption of amla.


Amla is beneficial in treatment of respiratory problems like Asthma.

Studies have proved that amla is beneficial in treatment for cancer patients.

Those who want to shed their weight, amla can be useful for them. Amla increases protein metabolism in body and thus helps to reduce weight.

Amla is rich in vitamin C and thus work as immunity builder.


Nellikai and diabetes: Nellikai is very useful ayurvedic diabetic treatment.

Amla, the wonder fruit contains high level of chromium which is useful in reducing blood glucose level and thus helps to control diabetes.


What Mahabharata says on Fasting-Santi Parva, Section CCXXI.


Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli

Yudhishthira said: Common people say that fasting is TAPAS (penances). Is fasting, however, really so, or is penance something different?”

Bhishma said: People do regard fast, measured by months or fortnight or days, as penance. In the opinion, however of the good, such is not penance. On the other hand, fast is an impediment to the acquisition of the knowledge of the Soul. The renunciation of acts (that is so difficult for all) and humility (consisting in the worship of all creatures and consideration for them all) constitute the highest penance. That is distinguished above all kinds of penance.

He who betakes himself to such penance is regarded as one that is always fasting and that is always leading a life of Brahmacharya (celibacy). Such a Brahman will become a Muni always, a deity evermore, even if he lives in the bosom of a family. He will become a vegetarian always, and pure forever. He will become an eater always of ambrosia, and an adorer always of gods and guests. Indeed, he will be regarded as one always subsisting on sacrificial remnants, as one ever devoted to the duty of hospitality, as one always full of faith, and as one ever worshipping gods and guests.

Yudhishthira said: How can one practising such penance come to be regarded as one that is always fasting or as one that is ever devoted to the vow of Brahmcharya, or as one that is always subsisting upon sacrificial remnants or as one that is ever regardful of guests?

Bhishma said: He will be regarded as one that is always fasting if he eats once during the day and once during the night at the fixed hours without eating during the interval. Such a Brahman, by always speaking the truth and by adhering always to wisdom, and by going to his wife only in her season and never at other times, becomes a Brahmacharin (celibate). By never eating meat of animals not killed for sacrifice, he will become a strict vegetarian. By always becoming charitable he will become ever pure, and by abstaining from sleep during the day he will become one that is always wakeful. That Brahman who never eats till gods and guests are fed, wins, by such abstention, heaven itself.

He is said to subsist upon remnants, who eats only what remains after feeding the gods, the Pitris, servants, and guests. Such men win numberless regions of felicity in next life. To their homes come, with Brahman himself, the gods and the Apsaras. They who share their food with the deities and the Pitris pass their days in constant happiness with their sons and grandsons and at last, leaving off this body, attain to a very high end.

From The Mahabharata
Anusasana Parva Section CVI
Translated by Sri Kisari Mohan Ganguli

What are the merits of fasting during
the month of Sravana and other months?

Yudhishthira said: The disposition is seen in all the orders of men, of observing fasts.

The reason, however, of this is not known to us.

It has been heard by us that only Brahmanas and Kshatriyas should observe the vow of fasts

. How, O Grandsire, are the other orders to be taken as earning any merit by the observance of fasts?

How have vows and fasts come to be observed by persons of all orders, O king?

What is that end to which one devoted to the observance of fasts attains?

It has been said that fasts are highly meritorious and that fasts are a great refuge.

O prince of men, what is the fruit that is earned in this world by the man that observe fasts?

By what means is one cleansed of one’s sins?

By what means does one acquire righteousness?

By what means, O best of the Bharatas, does one succeed in acquiring heaven and merit?

After having observed a fast, what should one give away?

Bhishma said:

In former days, O king, I heard of these high merits, O chief of Bharata’s race as attaching to the observance of fasts according to the ordinance,

I had O Bharata, asked the Rishi Angirasa of high ascetic merit, the very same questions which thou hast asked me today.

Questioned by me thus, the illustrious Rishi, who sprang from the sacrificial fire, answered me even thus in respect of the observance of fasts according to the ordinance.

Angirasa said:

As regards Brahmanas and Kshatriyas, fasts for three nights at a stretch are ordained for them, O delighter of the Kurus.

Indeed, O chief of men, a fast for one night, for two nights, and for three nights, may be observed by them.

As regards Vaisyas and Sudras, the duration of fasts prescribed for them is a single night.

If, from folly, they observe fasts for two or three nights, such fasts never lead to their advancement. Indeed, for Vaisyas and Sudras, fasts for two nights have been ordained (on certain special occasions).

Fasts for three nights, however, have not been laid down for them by persons conversant with and observant of duties.

That man of wisdom who, with his senses and soul under control, O Bharata, fasts, by abstaining from one of the two meals, on the fifth and the sixth days of the moon as also on the day of the full moon, becomes endued with forgiveness and beauty of person and conversance with the scriptures.

Such a person never becomes childless and poor.

He who performs sacrifices for adoring the deities on the fifth and the sixth days of the moon, transcends all the members of his family and succeeds in feeding a large number of Brahmanas.

He, who observes fasts on the eighth and the fourteenth days of the dark fortnight, becomes freed from maladies of every kind and possessed of great energy.

The man who abstains from one meal every day throughout the month calledMargasirsha, should with reverence and devotion, feeds a number of Brahmanas.

By so doing he becomes freed from all his sins. Such a man becomes endued with prosperity. He becomes endued with energy. In fact, such a person reaps an abundance of harvest from his fields, acquires great wealth and much corn.

That man, who passes the whole month of Pausha, abstaining every day from one of two meals, becomes endued with good fortune and agreeable features and great fame.

He who passes the whole month of Magha, abstaining every day from one of the two meals, takes birth in a high family and attains to a position of eminence among his kinsmen.

He who passes the whole month of Bhagadaivata (Phalgun), confining himself every day to only one meal becomes a favourite with women who, indeed, readily own his sway.

He who passes the whole of the month of Chaitra, confining himself every day to one meal, takes birth in a high family and becomes rich in gold, gems, and pearls.

The person, whether male or female, who passes the month of Vaisakha, confining himself or herself every day to one meal, and keeping his or her senses under control, succeeds in attaining to a position of eminence among kinsmen.

The person who passes the month of Jyaishtha confining himself every day to one meal a day, succeeds in attaining to a position of eminence and great wealth. If a woman, she reaps the same reward.

He who passes the month of Ashadha confining himself to one meal a day and with senses steadily concentrated upon his duties, becomes possessed of much corn, great wealth, and a large progeny.

He who passes the month of Sravana confining himself to one meal a day, receives the honours of Abhisheka wherever he may happen to reside, and attains to a position of eminence among kinsmen whom he supports.

That man who confines himself to only one meal a day for the whole month ofProshthapada (Bhadrapad), becomes endued with great wealth and attains, to swelling and durable affluence.

The man who passes the month of Aswin, confining himself to one meal a day, becomes pure in soul and body, possessed of animals and vehicles in abundance, and a large progeny.

He who passes the month of Kartika, confining himself to one meal every day, becomes possessed of heroism, many spouses, and great fame.

I have now told thee, O chief of men what the fruits are that are obtained by men observing fasts for the two and ten months in detail

There is no Sastra superior to the Veda.


There is no person more worthy of reverence than the mother.

There is no acquisition superior to that of Righteousness, and no penance superior to fast.

There is nothing, more sacred in heaven or earth than Brahmanas. After the same manner there is no penance that is superior to the observance of fasts.

It was by fasts that the deities have succeeded in becoming denizens of heaven.

It is by fasts that the Rishis have attained to high success.

Chyavana and Jamadagni and Vasishtha and Gautama and Brigu – all these great Rishis endued with the virtue of forgiveness, have attained to heaven through observance of fasts.

In former days Angirasa declared so unto the great Rishis.

The man who teaches another the merit of fasts have never to suffer any kind of misery.

The ordinances about fasts, in their due order, O son of Kunti, have flowed from the great Rishi Angiras.

The man who daily reads these ordinances or hears them read, becomes freed from sins of every kind.

Not only is such a person freed from every calamity, but his mind becomes incapable of being touched by any kind of fault.

Such a person succeeds in understanding the sounds of all creatures other than human, and acquiring eternal fame, become foremost of his species.


Ekadasi Calendar 2014




January  11 Putrada Ekadashi
January 27 Shattila Ekadashi
February  09 Jaya Ekadashi
February 25 Vijaya Ekadashii
March 16 Amalaki Ekadashi
March 26 Papmochani Ekadashi
April 10 Kamada Ekadashi
April  24 Varuthini Ekadashi
May 10 Mohini Ekadashi
May 24 Apara Ekadashi
June 08 Nirjala Ekadashi
June 22 Yogini Ekadashi
July 08 Devshayani Ekadashi
July 22 Kamika Ekadashi
August 06 Putrada Ekadashi
August 20 Aja Ekadashi
September 04 Padma Ekadashi
September 19 Indira Ekadashi
October 04 Papankusha Ekadashi
October 19 Rama Ekadashi
November 02 Devutthana Ekadashi
November 17 Utpanna Ekadashi
December 01 Mokshada Ekadashi
December 31 Putrada Ekadashi





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Vedas On Digestion Food Toxins ‘Ama’

In Health, Hinduism on April 25, 2014 at 18:39

Food has been given the highest respect in Hinduism.


Yajur Veda speaks on Food.

Food Quote by Yajur Veda


Taiitiriya Mantra Kosa deals with this subject in detail, in the form of instruction to Students.


It says. Annana Nindhyaath That Vratam’ Do not Insult Food for Food is what the beings are made of.


It goes on Annam Parisaksheetha, Annam Bahukurveetha’


Please refer Anandavalli Second Chapter Dweediya Prasna


The health of man is also considered very important.


Human body is where God Dwells and Body is  a Temple of God.


To maintain in its pure form free from toxins and abuse is one ‘s responsibility.


There are different kinds of penance,Tapas.


Lord Krishna lists three.


Saathivic, Rajasic and Tamasic.


He calls the torturing of the body by standing midst fire,  standing on one leg, going without food for a considerable period of time, as Asura,


as being inferior, to emphasize the importance of Human body.


This being the stand of the Hindu Scriptures, it is not surprising that Digestion is dealt with in detail in sporadic references( in many a place)  in the

Vedas,Purans , Ayurveda and Smritis.


Food, what is good and how to eat, Lord Krishna explains in the Bhagavad Gita.


Refer my posts  on this subject.


Food that we eat is digested by the Jataraakni, a form of Fire.


Fire has Ten Primary Forms.


They are.


1..Ordinary Fire.


3.The Sun.

4.Jataraagni(digestive fire).

5.Destructive like forest fire.

6.Fire that is produced by the rubbing of sticks for performance of Homas.

7.Fire that is given to student at the time of his Upanayana

8.Fire that has been kept at Home by ancestor for domestic rituals.

9.The Southern Fire of ancestors used in certain rituals and

10.The Funeral Fire for cremation.

Ayurveda lists thirteen fires, some Smritis  refer to Four, some Five.


Details provided towards the close of this Post.


Jataraagni is the Agni that is involved in Digestion.


How the Jataragni Digests Food.


Jataraagni, in conjunction with the ten Forms of Air(Vaayu), performs the following functions of Digestion.


Along with Jataraagni Rechakam and Paasakam it cooks the food by heating, now explained by Science  Hypochondriac Acid, which incidentally has

the property of Heat and corrosion,


Dries the Food as  Shobakam( this comes out as waste from the Body),


Thaakaham, Burning the Food to create calories, Energy and


Plaavakam, Filling the cells with the essence of  Food,


With the help of Five Upa Vaayus, spreads the essence through the body.


These ten are the Modifications of Agni in the Human Body involved in Digestion.(Bhavanopanishad)

Toxins might be present in the food we eat.

Toxins are referred to as Ama.

“Ama is a word from the Sanskrit language,
the language of the Vedas and early Ayurveda
medical texts. It is a word we might nowadays
translate as ‘toxins’, but it is both more
elaborate and more subtle than the word
toxins might suggest. Literally the word ama
means ‘unripened’ or ‘uncooked’ and refers to
any product that passes through our digestive
system without being completely digested or
‘cooked’. We’ve all heard of environmental
toxins, but ama toxins are of our own making…

The fire bio-energy present in the stomach
and upper small intestine (jathara in Sanskrit)
is known as the jatharagni. Ayurveda has
revealed 13 different agnisin the human body,
however jatharagni is the most important, as
the other 12 are dependent upon it.


This ama is so insidious that even traditional
Sanskrit synonyms for disease, such as
‘amaya’, ring with its name. Ama is described
as being a particularly sticky, heavy, turbid and
foul-smelling substance. It has the tendency
to accumulate in the gastro-intestinal tract
and then overflow into the circulatory system,
to eventually deposit into weak tissues around
the body (for example joints, in the case of
ama-induced arthritis). These tissues may be
genetically weak, nutritionally deprived, have
been damaged through injury or weakened by
negative emotions. Once lodged in these sites,
ama is well-placed to interrupt the
functioning and status of the affected tissue.
At that level of cellular interference, ama
deprives the cells of nourishment and energy,
and that’s how we’ll feel – dull, sluggish and
tired all the time. Also, the body’s waste
products will take on the characteristics of
ama – stools will become sticky strong smelling, urine becomes odorous and
cloudy, and perspiration (considered a waste
product or ‘mala’ in ayurveda) will also
become particularly unpleasant in odour…


Why is it important to balance the agni
(the digestive fire)?
• The nutrition required by all living cells is
dependant on a balanced and complete
digestive process.
• Imbalanced agni leaves an unprocessed
residue which accumulates as toxic ama.
• Digestive abilities on all levels (‘digestion’ of
all physical, sensory and mental experiences)
rely on balanced agni.
• Production of ojas will be improved (ojas
supports our immunity, strength and
experience of bliss).
• This helps to maintain normal bodyweight
for your body type.
How can I tell if my agni is balanced?
• You will experience normal appetite at
• You will leave the table feeling comfortable,
refreshed and energised with a feeling of
satisfaction and no bloating or digestive
• You will produce well-formed faeces
without strong smell
• You can eat all types of food without
• Your complexion will glow.
• If agni is excessive there may be a raging
appetite outside of mealtimes; if underactive
there may be complete lack of interest in food.
• You might leave the table feeling heavy,
lethargic, bloated, gassy, or with heartburn
and belching
• Faeces will not be well-formed, will have
foul odour, tend to stick to the bowl and
possibly contain undigested food.
• Sensitivity to many foods, food intolerances
and allergies.
• Dull complexion.
Why did my agni become ‘imbalanced’?
• Eating on the run, skipping meals
• Eating while emotionally upset
• Overconsumption of cold, liquid substances
eg ice water”


  • Charaka has mentioned about 13 Agnis. Jatharagni – 1, Bhutagni – 5, Dhatvagni – 7 (Ch.Chi.15/38).[13]
  • According to Acharya Sushruta, five types of Agnis are illustrated, viz. Pachakagni, Ranjakagni, Alochakagni, Sadhakagni and Bhrajakagni. However, there is an indirect reference of fiveBhutagnis underlying in the brief description made to the transformation of food stuff. (Sh.Su.21/10.)[14]
  • Vagbhata has described different types Agni, viz. – Bhutagnis – 5,– Dhatvagnis – 7, –Dhoshagni – 3 and– Malagni – 3.
  • Sharangadhara has recognized five pittas only (Pachak, Bhrajak, Ranjak, Alochaka andSadhak) (Sha.Sa.Pu.Kh.-5/32).[15]
  • Bhavamishra has followed Acharya Charaka and Vagbhata (Bh.Pu.Kh.-3/169,180).[16]

Agni has been divided into 13 types according to the function and site of action. These are:

  1. Jatharagni – one Agni present in the stomach and duodenum.
  2. Bhutagni – five Agni from five basic elements.
  3. Dhatwagni – seven Agni present, one in each of the seven dhatus.

Accordingly, they are classified into three groups, namely Jatharagni, Bhutagni and Dhatvagni.”


Toxins in Vedas

Physiological Aspects  of Agni

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