Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Solar Powered Acoustic Device Protecting Crops (And Animals) - Energy Matters

Solar Powered Acoustic Device Protecting Crops (And Animals) - Energy Matters

Our organic gardens here in the ashram are precious to us, but they are also a source of fascination for a large troupe of langur monkey who live in the jungle around us, and they often do raids. Slingshots haven't proved effective, and they also could be harmful for these charming visitors, so this acoustic device powered by solar energy could useful to us as well as farmers all around India.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Over 1500 yoga asanas shortlisted to thwart patenting by foreign parties

Aug 9, 2015

The government decided to form the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, after the bitter experience of some MNCs claiming patents for neem and turmeric in the last two decades.

Apart from trained yoga teachers, a team of AYUSH doctors would scrutinise the applications for a medical history and status to decide whether to allow them to attend the yoga sessions or not. -

In a move that will help thwart attempts by foreign MNCs and individuals to get patents and trademark on ancient yoga techniques, the government has shortlisted over 1500 asanas and videographed over 250, classifying them as “traditional knowledge” of the country.

The initiative will be a part of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a unit of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which challenges claims made at several patent offices across the globe by individuals and MNCs.

“Our experts have identified over 1500 yoga techniques from the literature available from our ancient texts and what is available now.

Nearly 250 asanas have been video graphed already.

It should take five or six months to complete the process, after which it can be the part of the database.

“Once that happens, any attempt to claim patent on the Indian yoga techniques practiced since ancient time can be thwarted,” said Archana Sharma, head of TKDL.

It has been observed that several patents have been issued in the West for various yoga techniques. Many have copyright on those. The government decided to form the TKDL, after the bitter experience of some MNCs claiming patents for neem and turmeric in the last two decades.

Getting a patent issued to a US MNC revoked for turmeric, alone cost over a million dollars in legal expenses, travel and other costs.

Following this, it was decided to form TKDL. Today its database has over 2.93 lakh medicines, their properties indicating that those have been traditionally used for cure in Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems.

The information is also present in Spanish, German, English, Japanese and French languages.

The database is shared with the European Patent Office (EPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), German Patent Office (GPO), Intellectual Property Australia (IPA), Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and Chile Patent Office (CPO) under a “non-disclosure” pact.

“So, every time when any individual or any MNC files for patent, the major patent offices refer to the TKDL base. On our part, a team is constantly monitoring the patents that are being filed. So, we also file pre-grant opposition. There have been cases when the patent applications were crossed checked with the TKDL database and queries were raised. Following that the applicants withdrew their claims.

“Since 2009, TKDL has thwarted over 200 claims,” said Sharma. Over the past one month, India has thwarted two attempts at patenting Indian traditional medicines, which again included turmeric.

Last month Europe’s Leading Dermaceutical Laboratory – Pangaea Laboratories Limited’s attempt to take patent on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss was foiled.

The same month, India thwarted another attempt by Colgate-Palmolive Company to patent a mouthwash formula containing herb (Nutmeg- Jayaphal) extract used in Indian traditional systems of medicine to cure oral diseases, at European Patent office

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Maharishi's Lecture at the Guru Purnima Celebration 1999

(Unofficial transcript)

Blessings of Guru Dev—after we have performed our Puja to Guru Dev, our homage to Guru Dev. It’s a very joyful time for us, to express what comes. What comes to us is an open door of perfection to life of everyone on earth. This is what comes to us, as a blessing of Guru Dev, emerging from the offerings that we made to Guru Dev in the traditional Vedic manner.

What comes to us is an open door to perfection in life for everyone on earth. And when we analyse on the scientific level the perception that comes to us. What has come to us now, an open door of perfection, an open door of perfection to life of everyone on earth. And what is the logic behind it? What is the scientific character of this open door perfection to heaven?

The reality is Ved. What is Ved? Pure knowledge; total knowledge is there always lively within the Self of everyone. The Self of everyone is the reality of open door for perfection in the life of everyone. This is Ved, the field of pure knowledge, this is Vedanta, the basis of this total knowledge in the field of consciousness. Self-referral state of everyone’s consciousness is reverberation of consciousness. Consciousness reverberates in terms of the impulses of consciousness. They reverberate as sound. Sound of Ved. Vedic sounds, Ved Vani. This is the reality of the self-referral state of consciousness of everyone. This is the logic at the basis of this open door for perfection for life of everyone on earth.

This is absolutely simple, it is absolutely easy, it is absolutely useful for everyone on earth. Regardless of his state of mind. Regardless of the level of his intelligence. Regardless of his state of awakening, whether fully awake, waking, dreaming, sleeping state of consciousness. Doesn’t matter, in whatever state of consciousness one may be, the reality at the basis of every state of consciousness is self-referral state of Transcendental Consciousness. Fortunately for the last 40 - 50 years we have taught Transcendental Meditation throughout the world and we have a huge record of scientific research that the capable scientists in all fields of knowledge have recorded, as the benefits coming from this Transcendental Consciousness.

So the open door to perfection in the life of everyone, that we are perceiving today, open door .... we are perceiving today because we have taken our consciousness to a level of that self-referral consciousness. Even when we are sleeping, that level of self-referral consciousness is the reality of the perception that everyone is Ved. Everyone on the level of consciousness, the total knowledge, the Ved, and the whole body is the expression of the Ved, the whole universe is the expression of the Ved, the expression of those eternal impulses of consciousness, or intelligence, which has expressed itself in the reverberation of the Vedic language and in the material creation.

It’s a very beautiful time. We have been teaching this all time, all these 40, 50 years. And every year on the Guru Purnima Day we have been reviewing our eternal state of life. and every year we have been proclaiming that life is bliss. This year is a special year for this, for us, because, we have plunged to modify the politics of the world. The politics, which has been administering life on a very superficial of behaviour. Behaviour is the result of the state of consciousness of the individual. Now, what the individual is in essence has been discovered on the level of quantum physics, chemistry. Our scientists will tell you, they are all here to affirm what they have been seeking in the world on the level of scientific knowledge, physics, chemistry, physiology; all this on a unified level. And this is the Self of everyone, the Atma of everyone. The impulse of which we have the records in the Vedic literature, which we have sorted out in terms of 40 values. and Prof. Tony Nader, the great neurologist, the great physiologist, a very successful scientist.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Why Nashik Kumbh Mela will be of epic proportions this time

The mega religious gathering along on the banks of the Godavari river is set to welcome millions of visitors and will be marked by initiatives that boost tourism and help in the brand building exercise.

All roads will lead to Nashik for the next two months as the Nashik Kumbh Mela was officially inaugurated by the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
Marked by the chanting of hymns and poojas, the opening was held in two spots, around 40km apart — one in Trimbakeshwar and the other in Nashik, along the banks of the Godavari river. The mega holy gathering begins on July 14 and will go on till September 18.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest religious congregations, which is held once in 12 years, the kumbh mela, this year, is set to draw in 30 million devotees, pilgrims and tourists to the city of Nashik, often recognised as an important pilgrimage town for Hindus. Besides its religious and social significance, this year’s mela is marked by interesting initiatives that boost tourism and help in the brand building exercise.
In 2009, the state government had allocated a budget of over Rs 2,300 crore for the kumbh mela preparations, ranging from roads development to arrangements for the pilgrims, security measures and waste management initiatives.

Going green

Known as the Harit Kumbh or the green kumbh, this year’s mela is set to be environment-friendly. So, the state government will clean up the Godavari, remove waste from the river and plant one lakh saplings to increase the green cover and reverse any potential environment damage due to the heavy crowds.
Jute and cotton bags are being distributed with a message to not use plastic during the mela. A few thousand toilets have been constructed all over the area. Garbage bins are out up near food and tea stalls to prevent littering. Sewage treatment plants are set up so that untreated sewage isn’t released into the river.

Technology meets devotion

The state government is using technology in a big way to assist tourists and pilgrims and spread information. A website dedicated to the mela gives information about the significance and important religious dates. Around 700 CCTV cameras will keep vigil to ensure better security. LED screen have been installed to keep giving live updates to people.
Community radios have been set up in buses to disseminate information to pilgrims and travelers.

Business Gets a Boost

A festival as significant as the Kumbh mela is an opportunity in branding and promoting tourism. This year, there ‘religious packages’ on offer, so you can spend a few nights in Nashik, take a dip in the river and then visit other key temples in the region.
The mela is a time when local businesses step up their activities. With a growing demand for hotels and rest houses, hotels are offering special stay packages and people have converted their houses into home stays.

Significance of the festival

Believers and religious scholars say that when Gods and demons were fighting over the sacred nectar, Lord Vishnu flew away with the pot of nectar spilling a few drops at four different places-- Haridwar, Nashik, Ujjain and Prayag. The Kumbh mela is held at these spots. The celebration of Kumbh Mela and its location depends on the position of Jupiter. It is said that when Jupiter and sun fall on the zodiac sign of Leo, the Kumbh Mela is celebrated at Trimbakeshwar in Nashik. The mela is marked by religious rites and rituals, devotional music and a gathering of sadhus. The kumbh mela also attracts non-believers who want to experience or document the gathering.

Balaraj Maharishi

J Ayurveda Integr Med. 2010 Jul-Sep; 1(3): 222–224.

Balaraj Maharishi 
and the first clinical trial of Ayurvedic medicines in the West

by Donn Brennan

In June 1984, I was part of a group of western-trained medical doctors from six countries who began a 15-month course in Ayurveda. In February 1985 as part of our course, we were invited to join a group of Vaidyas in Brasilia, Brazil, for a two-week conference on the indigenous health traditions of South America. It was here that I first came into contact with Balaraj Maharishi, one of the great Vaidyas of his era, and at that time adviser on Ayurveda to the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

In Brasilia, he soon came to the notice of our group, but in an unusual way. Conference sessions would last many hours with the Chairman, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and others speaking. As we sat watching the proceedings, we could not help in noticing that one person on the stage sat for hours hardly moving, or without moving at all. The stillness surrounding his presence was palpable. Even after the first session, our group all wanted to know who he might be.

We were told that this was Balaraj Maharishi, a senior and highly respected Vaidya, a great living authority on Ayurvedic medicinal plants and their uses – the science of Dravyaguna. At the meeting that was arranged, Balaraj Maharishi told us something of his life story.

As a 17-year-old, he had been travelling by train in North India when he witnessed a train guard demanding payment for his fare from a Sannyasi, something that never usually happened. He remonstrated with the guard, but ended by paying the man’s fare for him. This had much amused the Sannyasi, who asked the young man what he intended to do with his life. Balaraj said he just wished to make people happy and so was considering music. He had run away from home and was on his way to Madras to learn a traditional instrument from a group who had recently visited his village.

On hearing this, the Sannyasi offered to teach him something more precious, and invited Balaraj to follow him. It turned out that he was an experienced Ayurvedic doctor with life-time knowledge of medicinal plants and their uses. In this way, as a teenager, Balaraj began to learn Ayurveda from a Vaidya Sannyasi, who had invited him to become his shishya (student) at their very first meeting.

From then on, wherever they walked through forests, fields, or deserts of India, but particularly in the Himalayas, every time they met a plant his master would tell him all about it – names, family, genus, properties, uses, in what combinations it could be used, and for what conditions, etc. For many years, they walked the length and breadth of India, particularly the Himalayas, with his instruction continuing. He had thus acquired detailed working knowledge of some 4000 plants, or so it was reputed.