ಪಾಪ ಮತ್ತು ಪುಣ್ಯದ ಒಂದು ಚಿಂತನೆ

” ಯಮ ಮಾರ್ಗ – ಪುಣ್ಯ – ಪಾಪಗಳಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಜನ್ಮ – ಒಂದು ಚಿಂತನೆ ”

( ಶ್ರೀ ಗರುಡದೇವರು ಕೇಳಿದ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಹರಿಯು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಉತ್ತರ. ಈ ವಿಷಯವು ಗರುಡ ಪುರಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಲ್ಲೇಖಿತವಾಗಿದೆ )

ಮೃತನಾಗಿ ಪ್ರೇತತ್ವ ಹೊಂದಿದ ಚೇತನನೂ ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ದಿನ ಸ್ಥೂಲ ದೇಹವನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಕೇವಲ ಸೂಕ್ಷ್ಮ ದೇಹದಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದವನಾಗಿ ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ” ಹತ್ತು ” ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಡಲ್ಪಟ್ಟ ಪಿಂಡ ಬಲಿಗಳಿಂದ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನವಾದ ಪೂರ್ಣವಾದ ಪ್ರೇತ ದೇಹದಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದವನಾಗಿ ಅತ್ಯಧಿಕ ಹಸಿವೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದವನಾಗಿ ” ಹತ್ತ ” ನೇ ದಿವಸ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಪ್ರಭೂತ ಬಲಿಯನ್ನು ತಿಂದು; ” ಹನ್ನೊಂದನೆ ” ದಿನ ಮಾಡಿದ ” ಏಕೋದಿಷ್ಟ ” ಶ್ರಾದ್ಧಾನ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ಭುಂಜಿಸಿ; ” ಹನ್ನೆರಡ ” ನೆಯ ದಿನವೂ ಕರ್ತೃವಿನ ಮನೆಯ ಬಾಗಿಲಲ್ಲೇ ನಿಂತು ಅವನಿಂದ ಕೊಡಬಹುದಾದ ಶ್ರಾದ್ಧಾನ್ನವನ್ನು ಎದುರು ನೋಡುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತದೆ.

” ಹದಿಮೂರು ” ನೆಯ ದಿನದಿಂದ ಹಗಲೂ – ರಾತ್ರಿ ಸೇರಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ದಿನವೂ 247 ಯೋಜನಗಳಷ್ಟು ದೂರ ನಡೆದು ವರ್ಷದ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂದರೆ ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ 12 ದಿನಗಳು ಬಾಕಿ ಇರುವಂತೆ ಅಂದರೆ ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೆ 12 ದಿನಗಳ ಮುಂಚಿತವಾಗಿ ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಆಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಸೇರುತ್ತಾರೆ.

13ನೇ ದಿನ ಯಮದೂತರು ಪ್ರೇತಕ್ಕೆ ” ಪಾಶ ” ವನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಮುಂದೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಸಮೀಪದ ವರೆಗೂ ಸೆಳೆದೊಯ್ಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಪ್ರತಿ ನಿತ್ಯವೂ ಹಗಲೂ ರಾತ್ರಿ ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಕಂಗೆಟ್ಟು ಹಸಿವು ಬಾಯಾರಿಕೆಗಳಿಂದ ನರಳುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತಾನೆ. ಆಯಾಸದಿಂದ ಆಕುಲಗೊಂಡ ಕಣ್ಗಳುಳ್ಳವನಾಗಿ ದುಃಖದಿಂದ ಪೀಡಿತನಾಗಿ ಅರಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಲೇ ಮಾರ್ಗದ ಮಧ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಕತ್ತಿಯ ಅಳಗಿನಂತೆ ಹರಿತವಾದ ಎಲೆಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದ ದಟ್ಟವಾದ ವೃಕ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದ ‘ ಅಸಿಪತ್ರವನ ” ಎಂಬ ಕಾಡನ್ನು ದಾಟಿಕೊಂಡು ವಾಯು ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಚರಿಸುತ್ತಾ 27 ದಿನಗಳು ಕಳೆದು 28ನೇ ದಿನ್ದದಂದು ಮೊದಲು ” ಯಾಮ್ಯಪುರ ” ವನ್ನು ಸೇರುತ್ತಾನೆ.

ಈ ಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇತಗಳ ಸಮೂಹವಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ನೋಡಲು ಬಹಳ ಆಕರ್ಷಕವಾಗಿರುವ ” ಪುಷ್ಫ ಭದ್ರಾ ” ಎಂಬ ನದಿಯೂ; ಅದರ ದಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ” ನ್ಯಗ್ರೋಧ ” ಅಥವಾ ” ಆಲದಮರ ” ವೂ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರೇತವು ಯಮ ಕಿಂಕರರಿಂದ ಅಪ್ಪಣೆ ಪಡೆದು ವಿಶ್ರಾಂತಿಯನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುತ್ತಾ ತನ್ನ ಹೆಂಡತಿ ( ಗಂಡ ) ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಸೌಖ್ಯವಾಗಿರುವಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು; ತನ್ನ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನೋಡಿಕೊಂಡು ದುಃಖಿತನಾಗಿ ಶ್ರಮ ಪೀಡಿತನಾಗಿ ಬಾಯಾರಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿ ಕರುಣಾಜನಕವಾದ ಮಾತುಗಳಿಂದ ಅರಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಾನೆ.

ತಾನು ಹಿಂದೆ ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿಟ್ಟ ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ; ತಾನು ಅನುಭವಿಸಿದ ಸುಖಗಳು ತನ್ನ ಮನೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳು – ಹಣ – ಸೇವಕರು – ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರು – ತಾನು ತಂದು ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಧವಸ ಧಾನ್ಯಗಳು ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಸ್ಮರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಅದಾವುದೂ ಈಗ ತನಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ರೀತಿ ತಂದು ಹಾಕಿ ಪೋಷಿಸಿದ ಮಕ್ಕಳಾದರೂ ಇಂದು ತನ್ನ ಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಸಿವು ಆರುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಅನ್ನವನ್ನೂ, ದಾಹ ಶಾಂತಿಗೆ ತೀರ್ಥವನ್ನು ಕೊಡುವರೇ ಎಂದು ಎದುರು ನೋಡುತ್ತಾ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ.

ಇಡೀ ವರ್ಷ ಹಸಿವು ದಾಹಗಳಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಅವುಗಳಿಗೆ ಪುತ್ರನು ( ಪುತ್ರರಿಲ್ಲದವರಿಗೆ ಅಳಿಯ ) ವರ್ಷ ವರ್ಷಾಬ್ಧಿಕ ಪರ್ಯಂತ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷ ಕಾಲ ಪ್ರತಿ ನಿತ್ಯವೂ ತೀರ್ಥ ಪಾತ್ರೆ ಅಥವಾ ಉದುಕುಂಭ ಸಹಿತ ( ಸೋದಕುಂಭ ) ಶ್ರಾಧವನ್ನು ಮಾಡಲೇಬೇಕು.

ಪ್ರೇತವು ಮುಂದೆ ತನಗೆ ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರು ತಾನು ಮಾಡಿದ ಪುಣ್ಯ – ಪಾಪಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಯಾವ ಜನ್ಮವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯಬೇಕೆಂದು ತೀರ್ಪನ್ನು ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೋ? ಯಾವ ತರಹದ ಪಾಪ ಕಾರ್ಯವನ್ನು ನಾನು ಮಾಡಿರುತ್ತೇನೆಯೋ? ಅಥವಾ ಯಾವ ತರಹದ ಪುಣ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯವನ್ನು ನಾನು ಮಾಡಿರುತ್ತೇನೆಯೋ?

ನನ್ನನ್ನು ದುಃಖದಿಂದ ಪಾರು ಮಾಡುವ ಪುತ್ರರು ಅಥವಾ ಬಂಧುಗಳು ಆದರೂ ಇದ್ದಾರೆಯೋ? ಎಂದು ಚಿಂತಿಸುತ್ತಾ ” ಯಮಪುರಿ ” ಗೆ ಕಾಲಿಡುತ್ತದೆ.

ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಕಿಂಕರರಾದರೋ ನಿನ್ನನ್ನು ದುಃಖದಿಂದ ಪಾರು ಮಾಡುವ ಪುತ್ರಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುವ ಪುಣ್ಯವು ನಿನಗೆಲ್ಲಿದೆ? ಎಂದು ಹೀಯಾಳಿಸುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಅಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೆಲ ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಕಿಂಕರರು 12 ಜನ ದ್ವಾರಪಾಲಕರೂ ಅವನ ಶುಭಾಶುಭ ಕರ್ಮಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಚಾರ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಲೇ ಬಂದು ಆ ಚೇತನವನ್ನು ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ಸಭೆಗೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ಯುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಮನುಷ್ಯರ ಎಲ್ಲ ವಿಧವಾದ ಚೇಷ್ಟೆಗಳನ್ನು ಅರಿಯಬಲ್ಲ ಶ್ರೀ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದೇವರ ಪುತ್ರರಾದ ” ಶ್ರವಣ ” ದೇವತೆಗಳೆಂಬುವರು ಆ ಪ್ರೇತವು ಮೊದಲು ಮಾಡಿದ ” ಪುಣ್ಯ – ಪಾಪ ಕಾರ್ಯ ” ಗಳನ್ನು ತಿಳಿಸಿ, ಆ ಪ್ರೇತಕ್ಕೆ ಸದ್ಗತಿ ಸಿಗಲೆಂದು ಅದರ ಪುತ್ರಾದಿಗಳು ಮಾಡಿದ ದಾನ ಧರ್ಮಗಳ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನೂ ವಿವರವಾಗಿ ” ಶ್ರೀ ಚಿತ್ರಗುಪ್ತ ” ರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ವಿಷಯಗಳನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ” ಚಿತ್ರಗುಪ್ತ ” ರು ” ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜ ” ರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರು ” ವಸು – ರುದ್ರ – ಆದಿತ್ಯ ” ರೆಂಬ ಪಿತೃಗಳ ಸನ್ನಿಧಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ” ಪ್ರೇತ ಜೀವನ ” ಮುಂದಿನ ಗತಿಯನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ವಿಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿ ತೀರ್ಪು ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಆಗ ಪ್ರೇತ ಜೀವರು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಪಾಪ – ಪುಣ್ಯ ಕರ್ಮಗಳಿಗನುಗುಣವಾಗಿಯೂ; ಅವನ ಉದ್ಧೇಶ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಅವನ ಪುತ್ರಾದಿಗಳು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಧರ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸಗಳಿಗನುಗುಣವಾಗಿಯೂ; ಪ್ರೇತ ಜೀವನಿಗೆ ” ದೇವ – ಮನುಷ್ಯ – ನರಕಾದಿ ಜನ್ಮಗಳು ಬರುವಂತೆ ವಿಧಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರೇತ ಜೀವನು ಮುಂದೆ ಆಯಾಯಾ ಜನ್ಮವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುತ್ತಾನೆ.

” ಯಮ ಮಾರ್ಗ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಠಿಣ ”

ನರಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿತ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಅನಿತ್ಯ ಎಂಬ ಎರಡು ವಿಧ.

” ಅನಿತ್ಯ ನರಕ ” ಗಳು ಪಾತಾಳದ ಕೆಲ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಗರ್ಭೋಧಕದ ಮೇಲೆ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಪಾಪಿಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುವರು. ಪಾಪಿಗಳ ವಿವರ :-

ಏಕಾದಶೀ – ಚಾತುರ್ಮಾಸ್ಯ – ಕೃಷ್ಣಾಷ್ಟಮೀ ವ್ರತಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡದವರು; ದಾನ ಮಾಡದವರು; ಪರ ದ್ರವ್ಯಾಪಹಾರಿಗಳು; ಪರಾಪವಾದ ನಿರತರೂ; ಅನ್ಯರನ್ನು ನಿಂದಿಸುವವರು; ವಿಹಿತ ಕರ್ಮಗಳಾದ ಸಂಧ್ಯಾವಂದನಾದಿ ಕರ್ಮ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ನಿಷಿದ್ಧ ಕರ್ಮಗಳಾದ ಮದ್ಯ ಮಾಂಸಗಳನ್ನು ತಿನ್ನುವವರು; ದೇವ ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣರನ್ನು ನಿಂದಿಸುವವರು; ಅತಿಥಿ ಸೇವೆ ಮಾಡದವರು; ತಂದೆ – ತಾಯಿ – ಗುರುಗಳನ್ನು ಬೈಯುವವರು; ಕ್ರೂರಿಗಳು; ನೈವೇದ್ಯ ಮಾಡದೇ ತಿನ್ನುವವರು; ಪುಣ್ಯ ತೀರ್ಥಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗೌರವ ಬುದ್ಧಿ ಇಲ್ಲದವರು; ಪರರಿಗೆ ಅಪಕಾರ ಮಾಡಿ ಸಂತೋಷಿಸುವವರು; ಚಾಡಿಕೋರರು; ನಿಂದ್ಯಾ ವೃತ್ತಿ ಮಾಡುವವರು; ವೇದದಲ್ಲಿ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಪಾಖಂಡಿಗಳು; ನಾಲಿಗೆ – ಗುಹ್ಯೇ೦ದ್ರಿಯ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಸಕ್ತರು; ಅಧಿಕಾರ – ಅರ್ಹತೆ ಇದ್ದರೂ ಸತ್ಕರ್ಮ ಮಾಡದವರು; ಪತಿನಿಂದೆ ಮಾಡುವ ಸ್ತ್ರೀಯರು; ಪರ ಪುರುಷಾಸಕ್ತರು ಇವೇ ಮೊದಲಾದ ಸ್ತ್ರೀ – ಪುರುಷರು ಮಾಯಾ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗಿ ” ಅನಿತ್ಯ ನರಕ ” ದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀಳುವರು.

” ನಿತ್ಯ ನರಕ ” ವಾದರೂ ಪಂಚ ಕಷ್ಟವೆನಿಸಿದ ” ಅಂಧಂ ತಮಸ್ಸು”

ಶ್ರೀ ಮಹಾ ವಿಷ್ಣುವನ್ನೂ ಮತ್ತು ಶ್ರೀ ವಿಷ್ಣು ಭಕ್ತರನ್ನು ದ್ವೇಷಿಸುವ; ವೇದ ವೇದಾಂತಾದಿ ಸಚ್ಛಾಸ್ತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಂದಿಸುವುದು ಇವುಗಳಿಂದಾಗಿ ಪುನಃ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗಿ ಬರಲಾಗದ ಐದು ಇಂದ್ರಿಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಉಪ ಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳಾದ ಸರ್ವೇಂದ್ರಿಯಗಳಿಂದಲೂ ದುಃಖ ಹೊತರು ಸುಖ ಲೇಶವೂ ಇಲ್ಲದ ” ಅಂಧಂ ತಮಸ್ಸ ” ನ್ನು ಹೊಂದುವರು.

ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮ ಮಾರ್ಗವು ” ವೈತರಣೀ ” ಹೊರತು ಪಡಿಸಿ 84000 ಯೋಜನವಿದೆ.

ಈ ಮಾರ್ಗವು ಪುಣ್ಯಶೀಲರಿಗೆ ಸುಖದಾಯಕವು.

ಈ ಮಾರ್ಗವು ಪಾಪಿಗಳಿಗೆ ದುಃಖದಾಯಕವಾಗಿದೆ. ಪಾಪಿಗಳು ವಸ್ತ್ರ ರಹಿತರಾಗಿ, ಬಾಯಾರಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಒಣಗಿ ಹೋದ ಕಂಠ ತಾಳುಗಳ್ಳುವರಾಗಿ ಭಯದಿಂದ ದಾಟುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಶ್ರೀ ಯಮಧರ್ಮರಾಜರ ದೂತರು ಇವರನ್ನು ನಾನಾ ಆಯುಧಗಳಿಂದಲೂ; ಚಾಟಿಯಿಂದಲೂ ಹೊಡೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಏಟನ್ನು ತಾಳಲಾರದೆ ಜೋರಾಗಿ ಅರಚುತ್ತಾ ದುಃಖದಿಂದ ಶ್ರಮಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ.

ಈ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವೆಡೆ ಕೆಸರು, ಉರಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಬೆಂಕಿ, ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಕಾದಿರುವ ಬೆಂಕಿ; ಮುಳ್ಳಿನ ಗಿಡಗಳು, ಕತ್ತಲೆ ಗುಹ, ಸೂಜಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿರುವ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕೆಲೆವೆಡೆ ಹುಲಿ – ಸಿಂಹಗಳ ಘರ್ಜನೆ ಕೇಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.

ಈ ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯದಿದ್ದರೆ ಹಗ್ಗದಿಂದ ಬಿಗಿದು; ಮೂಗಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಗುದಾರ ಹಾಕಿ ಅಂಕುಶಗಳಿಂದ ಚುಚ್ಚಿ ಶಸ್ತ್ರಾಸ್ತ್ರಗಳಿಂದ ಹೊಡೆಯುತ್ತಾ ಪಾಪಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆದೊಯ್ಯುವರು.

ಈ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರು – ನೆರಳು ಇರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

” ಯಮ ಮಾರ್ಗವು ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಸುಗಮ ”

ಹರಿ ನಾಮವನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಲಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಉಚ್ಛರಿಸುವವರಿಗೆ; ಯಾಗ – ತಪಸ್ಸು – ವ್ರತ – ದಾನಗಳು – ಗಂಗಾ ಸ್ನಾನ ಮಾಡುವವರಿಗೆ; ರಾಮನಾಮ ಸ್ಮರಿಸುವವರು; ಹರಿ ಭಕ್ತಿ ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ, ಹರಿ ಭಕ್ತರಿಗೆ ಈ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ಬಾಧೆಯೂ ಇಲ್ಲ.

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Way of life

Many people in this world are hell bent to prove that their religion is the best. There is no need to prove any of this sort. As any religion teaches on “Dharma”, a way of leading life. There is no need to forcefully spread hatred ness on the name of any religion. Every human being is great and they always feel that the religion they follow is great, no reason to kill that reality.

Instead of all these, we should be focusing ourselves on other basic or fundamental issues. There is family, spend time and hang to the responsibility. If there is none create one, nothing difficult. There are lot of people who are in need of the very basic necessities like water, shelter, food, caring and what not. There are lot of small kids on roads, footpaths etc, try speaking and help them lead a life. Every body has a right to lead a life to the fullest. We should be focusing spreading positiveness instead of negative things. It takes more time and energy to help people around and is a great sense of responsibility as a human being.

White and Red Rice

White rice

White rice is the highly refined version of raw rice, which is hulled and milled. What makes this variety a not-so-healthy one despite it being widely consumed throughout the world is the fact that processing and milling takes away significant parts of the grain – bran and germ. Bran and germ are rich in dietary fibre as well as nutrients that are beneficial for human health.

According to a Delhi based weight management expert, Dr. Gargi Sharma, “If white rice undergoes further process of polishing then its aleurone layer gets removed leading to loss of nutrients. This layer is rich in B vitamins, other nutrients and essential fats.”
White rice is primarily starch. Due to processing, it falls short on some essential nutrients like thiamine, also known as B1 as well other B Vitamins. Consuming un-enriched white rice can lead to a condition called beriberi, which occurs due to thiamine deficiency. White rice is also treated with additives that can – in certain cases – harm human body and trigger metabolic disorders like diabetes, obesity and so on.

According to Dr. Ritika Samaddar, Max Healthcare Saket, New Delhi, “The milling and polishing destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, all of the dietary fibre as well the essential fatty acids present in the raw variety.” As alarming as these facts may seem, doing away with white rice completely may be a tough choice for most people. This is where healthier alternatives like coloured rice step in.

Why brown and red rice?

The red variety gets its rich colour from an antioxidant called anthocyanins, which are also found in deep purple or reddish fruits and vegetables. The compound is believed to have properties that can reduce inflammation, allergy, prevent risks of cancer and help in weight management. The manganese present in both varieties helps in strengthening metabolism, while magnesium helps in migraine, lowers blood pressure as well as risks of heart attacks. Along with calcium, magnesium helps in maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and prevents risks of arthritis and osteoporosis. Selenium on the other hand protects the body against infections.

Moreover, since they are high in fibre content, the digestion process is slow, which leads to a strengthened digestive system. Fibre also aids in slowing down the rate at which carbs are converted into blood sugar; therefore fibrous foods are low on the glycemic load

Mahalakshmi Ashtakam

Mahalakshmi Ashtakam is the prayer of Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam is taken from Padma Purana and this devotional prayer was chanted by Lord Indra in praise of Goddess Mahalakshmi.

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नमस्तेऽस्तु महामाये श्रीपीठे सुरपूजिते ।
शङ्खचक्रगदाहस्ते महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥१॥

Namastestu Mahamaye Shree Pithe Sura Poojite
Shanka Chakra Gadha Haste Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||01||

1.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) Salutations to the Mahamaya (the Great Enchantress), Who is Worshipped by the Devas in Sri Peeta (Her Abode).
1.2: Who has the Conch, Disc and Mace in Her Hands; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

नमस्ते गरुडारूढे कोलासुरभयंकरि ।
सर्वपापहरे देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥२॥

Namaste Garudarudhe Kolasura Bhayankari
Sarva Papa Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||02||

2.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) Salutations to the One Who Rides the Garuda, Who is the Terror to Kolasura,
2.2: The Devi who Removes All Sins; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

सर्वज्ञे सर्ववरदे सर्वदुष्टभयंकरि ।
सर्वदुःखहरे देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥३॥

Sarvajne Sarva Varade Sarva Dushta Bhayankari
Sarva Dhukha Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||03||

3.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) Who is All-Knowing, Who is the Giver of All Boons, Who is the Terror to All the Wicked,
3.2: The Devi who Removes All Sorrows; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

सिद्धिबुद्धिप्रदे देवि भुक्तिमुक्तिप्रदायिनि ।
मन्त्रमूर्ते सदा देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥४॥

Siddhi Buddhi Prade Devi Bhukti Mukti Pradayini
Mantra Moorte Sada Devi Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||04||

4.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) The Devi who Gives Success and Intelligence and Gives Wordly Enjoyment and Liberation,
4.2: The Devi who Always abides as the Embodiment of Mantra; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

आद्यन्तरहिते देवि आद्यशक्तिमहेश्वरि ।
योगजे योगसम्भूते महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥५॥

Adyanta Rahite Devi Adi Shakti Maheshwari
Yogajne Yoga Sambhute Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||05||

5.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) The Devi who is Without Beginning and End, Who is the Primal Energy, and the Great Goddess,
5.2: Who is Born of Yoga, Who is United with Yoga; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

स्थूलसूक्ष्ममहारौद्रे महाशक्तिमहोदरे ।
महापापहरे देवि महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥६॥

Sthula Sukshme Maha Raudre Maha Shakti Mahodari
Maha Papa Hare Devi Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||06||

6.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) Who is both Gross and Subtle and Most Terrible, Who is With Great Power and Prosperity,
6.2: The Devi who Removes All Sins; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

पद्मासनस्थिते देवि परब्रह्मस्वरूपिणि ।
परमेशि जगन्मातर्महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥७॥

Padmasana Sthithe Devi Parabrahma Swaroopini
Parameshi Jagan Mata Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||07||

7.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) The Devi Who is Seated on a Lotus, Who is of the Nature of Supreme Brahman,
7.2: Who is the Supreme Lord and the Mother of the Universe; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

श्वेताम्बरधरे देवि नानालङ्कारभूषिते ।
जगत्स्थिते जगन्मातर्महालक्ष्मि नमोऽस्तुते ॥८॥

Shwetambara Dhare Devi Nanalankara Bhushite
Jagasthithe Jaganmata Maha Lakshmi Namostute ||08||

8.1: (Salutations to Devi Mahalakshmi) The Devi who is Dressed in White Garments, Who is Adorned with Various Ornaments,
8.2: Who Abides in this Universe and is the Mother of the Universe; Salutations to that Mahalakshmi.

महालक्ष्म्यष्टकं स्तोत्रं यः पठेद्भक्तिमान्नरः ।
सर्वसिद्धिमवाप्नोति राज्यं प्राप्नोति सर्वदा ॥९॥

Maha Lakshmyashtakam Stotram Yah Patheth Bhakti Man Narah
Sarva Siddhi Mavapnoti Rajyam Prapnoti Sarvada ||09||

9.1: Whoever recites this Mahalakshmi Ashtakam Stotram with Devotion, …
9.2: … Will attain all Success and Prosperity, always.

एककाले पठेन्नित्यं महापापविनाशनम् ।
द्विकालं यः पठेन्नित्यं धनधान्यसमन्वितः ॥१०॥

Eka Kalam Pathennityam Maha Papa Vinashanam
Dwikalam Yah Pathennityam Dhana Dhanya Samanvitah ||10||

10.1: Reciting this Once Every Day will Destroy Great Sins,
10.2: Reciting this Twice Every Day will bestow one with Wealth and Foodgrains.

त्रिकालं यः पठेन्नित्यं महाशत्रुविनाशनम् ।
महालक्ष्मिर्भवेन्नित्यं प्रसन्ना वरदा शुभा ॥११॥

Trikalam Yah Pathennityam Maha Shatru Vinashanam
Maha Lakshmi Bhavennityam Prasanna Varada Shubhah ||01||

11.1: Reciting this Thrice Everyday will Destroy Great Enemies, …
11.2: … And Devi Mahalakshmi will be Pleased with him and extend Her Boon-Giving Grace and Auspicious presence.

Video and the entire song in the following link from the movie “Kolluru Shri Mookambika”,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQEviLhzKOU

Navagraha Temples, Kumbakonam

This blog is specifically for people who want to visit Navagraha temples around Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, and India.

There is a cluster of Navagraha Temples dating from the Chola dynasty near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. Each temple is located in a different village, and is considered an abode of one of the Navagrahas. However, the majority of these temples are dedicated to Shiva. The Surya temple is the only one dedicated to the Graham. In fact, it is dedicated entirely to the worship of the Sun-God and the other navagrahas, the former being the object of worship as the principal deity and the latter as attendant deities. It was built around the 11th or 12th century C.E. The other temples were built earlier, ranging back to 7th-9th century.

Temples Near by Kumbakonam; Navagrah Temples Info

Temples Near by Kumbakonam

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I suggest the following order and preferably on a Thursday and Friday. Saturday and Sunday there won’t be any taila bhiskeka [Oil Abhisheka ] to Lord Shaneshwara, only on weekdays, reason being the management of crowd on weekends would be difficult along with regular Pooja and archanas.

Temples Timings:

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Timings may change due to seasons.

Start on Thursday morning from Kumbakonam,

  1. Chandra/Chandran/Moon Navagraha temple – Thingaloor

Thingaloor Kailasanathar Temple is 33km away from Kumbakonam.

As per the Hindu religion, Prajapathi who is the father 27 girls cursed Chandiran for not treating his all daughters as wife equally except Rohini. So Chandiran worshipped Lord Shiva to remove the curse from Thingaloor. Lord Shiva saved him from the curse and told Chandiran to stay in Thingaloor to give relief to the people prays who suffered by the position of Chandiran in their Horoscopes.

Dosham to mother, mental retardation, skin and nerve problems, jaundice, and fluid accumulation are the diseases caused because of Chandra dosham. By praying to Lord Chandran, the above afflictions can be overcome.

  1. Guru/Jupiter Navagraha temple – Alangudi

Thursday is the ideal day to visit, might take more time as you can expect very much crowd.

Alangudi Abathsahayeswarar Temple is 17km away from Kumbakonam one of the main Lord Brihaspati Temples in India.

The Devas, when churning the paarkadal for nectar, were hindered by the poisonous fumes from the snake Vasuki and prayed to Lord Siva for deliverance. Lord Siva consumed the deadly poison (Ala Visham), thus giving rise to the name Alangudi to this sthalam and the Lord came to be called Aabathsagayar.

  1. Raahu Navagraha temple – Thirunageswaram

Advantage on Thursday is that the raahu kaala is from 13:30 to 15:00 afternoon, this is an additional time.

Tirunageswaram Naganathaswamy Temple is 6km away from Kumbakonam.

The king of the nagas, Rahu prayed to Lord Siva and hence this place got the name Thirunageswaram. Here Rahu Bhagavan has manifested with both his consorts. At this sthala, the colour of milk changes from white to blue during Abhishekam.

When amirtham emerged after churning of the Paarkadal by devas and the asuras, Lord Vishnu in the guise of Mohini was distributing the amirtham only to devas. Realising this, Rahu (an asura) with the help of Sukrachariyar, took the form of a deva and consumed the nectar. Suryan and Chandran who noticed this, complained to Lord Narayana. In anger, Lord Narayana hit Rahu on the head with the spoon in his hand. The head was cut off and fell on the ground. But because he had consumed amirtham, his head and body continued to live. The body of the snake got attached to the head. Rahu takes his revenge on Suryan and Chandran, whenever he gets a chance by devouring them. This is commonly called as eclipse. Rahu prayed to Lord Vishnu (Narayana) and got the position of a Sayagraham.

His colour is black, his vahana is blue lion; the grain associated with him is urad; the flower-mandarai; fabric-black cloth; gem- Komedagam; food-rice mixed with urad dal powder.

  1. Surya/Sun Navagraha temple – Sooriyanar Kovil

 It is Situated 2 km North of Aduthurai. It is in between Kumbakonam Kadhiramangalam on the Bus Route. In this Route 15 km east of Kumbakonam.

There are lot of temples having Sun God overall Tamilnadu but Suriayanar Koil is the only temple which very exclusive for Sun God.This temple was west faced one and it was built in the period of chola kingdoms.

Sun God always occupies the central position amongst the all other grahas. His Vahana is Chariot with Seven horses and the color is red.

  1. Shukra/Sukran/Venus Navagraha temple – Kanjanur

 It is just 2 km away from Suriyanar Kovil near Aduthurai. It can be reached from Mayiladuthurai (20 km) via Kadhiramangalam. Kanjanoor Agneeswarar Temple is 17km away from Kumbakonam.

The presiding deity Agneeswarar is the embodiment of Sukran. Sukrachariar was the Guru of asuras. He had got the blessings from Lord Siva after severe penances. In the Vamana Avataram of Lord Vishnu, Vamana sought three footsteps of land from Mahabali, an asura king. Realising Vamana to be no mere mortal, Sukrachariyar assumed the form of a bee and tried to block the flow of water from the kamandalam. Vamana picking up a pavithram blinds Sukracharya in one eye while trying to unclog the hole in the kamandalam.

Sukracharyar has the prowess to bring the dead to living by virtue of his knowledge of Amirtha Sanjeevini Mantra. Using this mantra, in the asura war against devas, he revived the slain asuras. This helped the asura army swell. Devas prayed to Lord Siva for help, who swallowed up Sukracharya in a fit of rage. After residing in Lord Siva’s stomach in a siddha state, he emerged from Lord Siva’s stomach.

Sukra endows those who pray to him with wealth, pleasure, wife, prosperity, vehicles. He is the next most beneficial planet after Guru. If in a person’s horoscope, Sukra is well placed, then the person will enjoy pleasure, beautiful wife, wealth, house, vehicle, good food, fame, love, affection, marraige, siblings, governmental help, chance to govern the country/state and hold influential status.

If in a bad position, the ward will experience a family devoid of love and ties, bad life, enimity amongst family and friends, Kalathira dosham. By praying to Sukra these problems could be mitigated. Wife, arts, sculpture, love, vehicles are the beneficial aspects of Sukra.

Should be done for the day one, come back and visit some Kumbakonam city temples like,

  1. Kasi Vishwanatha temple, awesome pond outside nice peace of mind for some time
  2. Brahma temple, here you will see,
    1. Lord Vishnu with Goddesses Sridevi and Bhudevi
    2. Lord Yoganarasimha with Goddesses Sridevi and Bhudevi
    3. Lord Brahma with Goddesses Saraswati and Gayathri
  3. Guru Raghavendra Mutt/temple, Kumbakonam being the birth place of Sri Guru Raghavendra a must place to visit. Once you enter, take off your shirts and baniyan/inner wear, mind you only the top. The highlight here is that the mutt also houses Guru Raghavendra’s Guru Shri Vijayeendra teertharu. Order of the visit is first Guru Vijayeendra Teertharu and then Guru Raghavendra.

Day two, get up early in the morning and visit in the following order,

  1. Mangala/Angaaraka/Chevvai/Mars Navagraha temple – Vaitheeswaran Kovil, Thirupullirukku Velur

 It is 15 km north of Mayiladuthurai. It is situated in between Mayiladuthurai (15 km) and Chidambaram (25 km). Pullirukkuvelur Vaitheeswaran Temple is 50km away from Kumbakonam.

Once, when Lord Shiva was in deep meditation, perspiration from his third eye fell on earth. The male child that was born of this sweat drop was Angaragan (Chevvai). Angaragan married Sakthi Devi of Avanti town and had a son called Sumarasan. Problems from wife/children/brothers, enimity with friends, loss of wealth, quarrels, problems with Govt., lasting poverty, anger, bad friendship, Kalathira Dosham are because of Chevvai. By praying to him, a person can offset the problems arising out of his afflictions.

  1. Bhuda/Bhudan/Mercury Navagraha temple – Thiruvenkadu

 It can be reached by Bus from Mayiladuthurai (25 km) and from Sirkazhi (15 km). Thiruvenkadu Swetharanyeswarar Temple is 60km away from Kumbakonam.

Lord Shiva resides here in the name of Swetharanyar. This temple is referred in Saiva Thirumurais and Sastras. This place is similar to Kasi with all the Snana Ghats. One can do all the karmas here that should be done in kasi. We can find a separate sanctum sanctorium for bhudan. Bhudan is helpful for improvement in education and Arts.

  1. Kethu Navagraha temple – Keezhperumpalla

 Keezhaperumpallam Naganathaswamy Temple is 65km away from Kumbakonam.

Ketu faces West in the Northern corridor. His color is red and his vahana is the eagle. The grain associated with him is Horsegram. The flower is red lily and the fabric is multi colored cloth, gem is Cat’s eye. Offering is rice mixed with the powder of Horsegram.

  1. The important one, Shaneshwara/Saturn temple in Thirunallar. Thirunallar is in Karaikal,

Located in Pondicherry. Of course a tax needs to be paid at the RTO Pondicherry. Abhisheka times morning @6:30 to 7:30, @8:30 to 9:30, @11:30 to 12:30. Rest of the day no idea. Please plan accordingly.

It is 5 km from Karaikkal/Pondycherry. Thirunallar Darbaranyeswarar Temple is 54km away from Kumbakonam.

Sani Bhagavan waiting to aspect Nala, noticed that he had not washed the back portion of his feet, while preparing for his prayers. Deciding this was the opportune time, he aspected Nala. Because of this, Nala lost his composure and lost his kingdom to Pudkaran in a game of dice and sent his children to their uncle’s house. Nala departed to the forest with his wife Damayanti. Saneeswara created trouble even there and made Nala desert his wife in the forest. The snake Karkotagan bit Nala, making him lose his stature (was made to look ugly). He took on the job of a charioteer with king Irudhupannan. Damayanti, in the meantime reached the kingdom of her father, and arranged a Swayamvara to locate Nala. Damyanti identified Nala, the charioteer as her husband. Thanks to a boon from Karkodagan, Nala regained his old form. In spite of being back with his wife, Nala feeling very disturbed, sought the solace of sage Bharadwaja and on his advice reached Thirunallar. He bathed in the Brahma Thirtham of the temple, and when he entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, Saneeswara departed from him.

Saneeswara resides in each Rasi for a period of 2 1/2 years. When Saneeswara resides in the 12th, 1st and 2nd house, it is 7 1/2 Naatu Sani or saaDe saathi; when in the 4th house, it is Arthashtama Sani; when in the 8th house, it is Ashtama Sani. During these periods, he troubles the native.

His colour is black; his vahana the crow; the grain associated with him is gingelley; the flower – vanni and black kuvalai; fabric – black cloth; gem – neelam (blue saphire); food – rice mixed with gingelle.

What all needs to be done there,

  1. First go to Nala Theerta, I presume all are wearing only clothes to be left there itself including the bits and pieces of clothes. With   old clothes on, either take bath or just a water sprinkle/prokshana. Once done, head back towards the changing room and mind you do not see the pond back again. Change clothes and move towards Lord Ganesha temple close by, with each person a coconut in hand. Pray to the Lord and do a Pradakshina, come out. Adjacent to temple there is a place where each will have to throw the coconut to break it in one shot. To start with turn opposite, light the camphor rotate the coconut around your head 3 times in clockwise direction, turn back and throw it in force. For kids breaking in one shot may be difficult, any other adult is advised to break on behalf. OK now done with, start towards the main Lord Shaneshwara temple.
  1. Lord Shaneshwara temple, you can buy some package with the required pooja items available outside the temple premises. Take the abhisheka ticket wait for your time slot. First visit Lord Shiva temple inside, adjacent to Shiva’s temple abhisheka for Shaligrama shila Linga will be performed, this is a rarest sight not to be missed, run towards Lord Shaneshwara temple, wait for abhisheka, and aarathi move to Adjacent Goddess Parvathi temple, come out and do not turn back or go inside again any case. Now mostly done, do not visit any other Temple or any other place and suggest return your home directly.

How To Select Lord Ganesha Idol

3 Types of Ganesh Idols Based on His Trunk Direction

Trunk to Left side – [First bend of the trunk] The Ganesha idol with trunk to the left side is normally known as Edamuri Vinayaka or Vamamukhi. This is the common form of Ganesh idol that people buy for their pooja rooms.

Now the question of why Edamuri Vinayaka is common. Here is the reason. Left side means North direction. North direction means Chandra Nadi. Now this Chandra Nadi is known for bliss and tranquility. So Lord Ganesha with his trunk to the left side is known to be calm, blissful and in the happy mood.

edamuri

Trunk to Right side – [Again the very first bend of the trunk] The Ganesha idol with trunk to the right side is known as Dakshi­nabhimukhi murti. This kind of Lord Ganesha idols are not normally found in homes and offices. And there is a reason.

Right side means South direction. South direction means Surya Nadi. And such an idol is said to be active. You cannot go around worshiping a Dakshi­nabhimukhi Ganesha like any other idol in your pooja room. To worship Dakshi­nabhimukhi Ganesha, special routine rituals are necessary and you need to observe all the norms of these rituals without fail. That may be the reason, why you can only see right trunked Ganesh murti only at temples.

balamuri

Idols with Straight Trunk –  You will also find Ganesha idols with a straight trunk or trunk up in the air. These kinds of idols are hard to find, but are considered special. The idol with the trunk of Lord Ganesha in the air represents a state where his ‘Kundalini’ reached the peak. These idols are always good for any home and office. So if you are to gift Lord Ganesha idol to someone, it would be best if you could avoid the Dakshi­nabhimukhi murti idols.

Rules to Follow When Selecting Ganesh Idols for Your Home (or as a Gift)  

  • Select Ganesh Idols with Trunk Towards Left – As already mentioned, always buy Ganesh idols with his trunk towards left. Lord Ganesh with his trunk to the left can be easily pleased with minimal poojas and offerings. However, if you are giving a Ganesh with trunk to the right, make sure you tell your recipient that these idols demand more attention and special poojas to keep him content. 
  • Sitting or Standing Idols are Okay, but Not Dancing – While idols of Lord Ganesh in both sitting and standing posture are considered good for every home and office, the dancing form of Ganesh, usually known as Nritya Ganesha or Natraj Ganesh, are not normally used. These idols are avoided especially in the pooja rooms. But these idols can make perfect gifts for creative people like artists and, of course, dancers.
  • Creative Representation of Ganeshas can be Used for Home Décor or Gifts, but not for Worshipping – Lord Ganesh playing tabla, Ganesh leaning to a pillow with one hand, child Ganesh lying on a banyan leaf etc are examples. These creative Ganesh idols can be and are used for home décor or as gifts. The important thing to remember with idols like these is to never keep them in the pooja room. These idols are not meant for worshiping.
  • Maximum Height of Idols 18 Inches for Worshipping – You can buy Ganesh idols of any size or height for home décor or as gifts. But when you are selecting Ganesh idols to offer prayers and to keep in the pooja room, never choose an idol that is more than 18 inches tall. This idol should also be placed on a high platform.   
  • Do not Select/Keep Broken Idols – As a final piece of advice, never buy or keep broken Ganesh idols in your home. Broken idols will only bring bad luck to you and your family. Normally, people tend to leave broken idols of deities in sea or lakes. If you have any broken idols in your home, this is something you too can do.

Human Body Organ Work Schedule

Every organ in your body has a repair/maintenance schedule to keep on a daily basis.

It is important to know these cycles if you want to understand your health problems and learn to treat yourself. If you feel sluggish, foggy, achy, etc. at these particular times of day, you will know which organ is trying to repair the damage done to it, and these ‘feelings’ you are having are the result of the energy being expended to do these repairs.

Repair Table:

Organ Schedule
Lungs 3am – 5am
Large intestine 5am – 7am
Stomach 7am – 9am
Spleen 9am – 11am
Heart 11am – 1pm
Small Intestines 1pm – 3pm
Bladder 3pm – 5pm
Kidneys 5pm – 7pm
Pancreas 7pm – 9pm
Blood Vessels and Arteries 9pm – 11pm
Gallbladder 11pm – 1am
Liver 1am – 3am

human-body-energy-clock

Lungs: The lungs are the first organs of the day that are up for repair and maintenance. The toxic waste from your lungs becomes loosened between 3 to 5 a.m., and when you awaken, this is why you cough sometimes. Your lungs are trying to expel the loosened waste. If you are coughing in the morning, this indicates that your diet and lifestyle needs tweaking.

Large Intestine or Colon: 5 to 7 a. m. is the time for this organ. A healthy colon needs water to do its job properly, which is flushing waste matter 24/7. The morning is the most important time to drink plenty of water for this process, and the worst time to have caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic and takes water away from your colon to your kidneys and bladder for evacuation. Your body needs water in the morning to do its repair and maintenance of the large intestine and colon. This keeps you from getting constipated, gaining weight, and looking and feeling older. When you irrigate your system every morning with pure water (up to 32 oz.) your health improves. If you wait until you have a bowel movement before you eat in the morning, this is also healthier for your colon.

Stomach: Between 7 and 9 a.m., the stomach is repairing and does not need a big meal to deal with. While the large intestine and colon needs fluid to repair properly in the morning, the stomach needs very little. Start with fluids (pure water or fresh juiced vegetables) or fresh fruit that is easily digested. However, if you can, drink only fluids in the morning for optimal health.

Spleen: From 9 to 11 a.m. the spleen gets cleaned. During this time/process or when the spleen is in a weakened state, you may suffer with allergies or not be able to shake a cold or flu. This is because the spleen works with the liver and your immune system. A healthy spleen produces antibodies when there is an infection and constantly watches the blood for invaders.

Heart: The time for heart repairs is between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Your body is removing waste from the heart and you may sometimes notice a rapid heartbeat, double beats and/or skipping beats. Seventy percent of heart attacks occur when the heart is in its repair period.

Small Intestines: Have you noticed that between 1 to 3 p.m. you are more apt to have indigestion, pain and bloating? If this happens, two things could be wrong: 1. Your diet is not what it should be and your food is not digesting; 2. Your diet is causing problems that are now causing you stress. A proper diet will help take care of these problems.

Kidneys and Bladder: From 3 to 7 p.m. you may notice you’re tired and want a nap. When the kidneys are healthy and working properly, you’ll feel energetic at that time, not tired.

Pancreas: Between 7 to 9 p.m. do you have intense cravings for sweets or processed carbohydrates that turn to sugar immediately in the system? The kidneys regulate the pancreas, and if you do consume sweets during that period, you may notice low back pain, which is a kidney symptom. The kidneys, bladder and pancreas are all parts of the same whole. If you need a nap early in the evening it is just your pancreas, as directed by your kidneys, putting you out so it can do its repairs.

Blood Vessels and Arteries: From 9 to 11 p.m. the blood vessels go into repair mode. If you get headaches, feel abnormally tired or weak, this means that the blood vessels are in heavy repair.

Liver and Gallbladder: Between 11 p.m. to 3 a. m. these two guys go into action. Do you ever have nights when you can’t sleep at this time? This means that waste is not being processed by your liver and it acts as an irritant to your body causing insomnia and frayed nerves. Your brain just won’t stop.

The more you know about your body, the easier it is to maintain your health so start paying attention to your body’s clock and repair schedule to see if you can figure out what’s going on inside you.