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Interesting Facts about Pradosh Vrat and Narada Jayanti in Hinduism- by Dr Bharti Raizada

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Narada found Vishnu in his viraat swarupa form Source: media

Pradosh Vrat

Pradosh vrat is done twice in a lunar month on the 13th day, or tryodashi, of both shukla and krishn paksh.  The word pradosh means dusk or sandhyakaal. Prayers are offered to Bhagwan Shiv and Devi Parvati. Devotees read kathas from Scand Puran and chant Mahamrityunjya mantr 108 times. Devotees get health, wealth, knowledge, wisdom, positive thinking, peace, children, happiness, and prosperity. Devotees also get rid of their past sins.

If pradosh vrat falls on Monday then it is called Som Pradosh Vrat. If it is on Tuesday then it is called Bhaum Pradosh Vrat. Saumya Vaar Pradosh Vrat is on Wednesday, Guruvaar on Thursday, Brighu on Friday, Shanni on Saturday, and Bhanu on Sunday

2017 Pradosh Vrat dates are:

January 10 and 25, February 8 and 24, March 10 and 25, April 8 and 24, May 8 and 23, June 6 and 21, July 6 and 21, August 4 and 19, September 3 and 17, October 3 and 17, November 1 and 15, December 1, 15, and 30

 

Narada Jayanti

Devrishi Narad Muni was born from mind energy of Bhrama and therefore is called the Manas Putr of Brahma. Narad Jayanti is  celebrated in krishn paksh of the vaishak month on the  day after Vaishakh poornima. 

This year it is on May 11th. His Jayanti is celebrated as Patrakar Divas in India. He is devotee of Bhagwan Vishnu and keeps chanting Narayan Narayan. He has Mahathi Veena and Khartal in his hands and is the leader of Gandharvs.

He has the ability to go in all the three loks i.e. Prithvi, Akaash, and Patal. He is also called Trikal Vedi as he knows the past, present, and future at the same time. He takes/ gives information from/ to Rishis, Devtas, Devis, and Bhagwan.

He helped Dhruv and Hirankshyap’s wife Kayadhu. Dhruv and Prahlad, Kayadhu’s son, became great devotees of Bhagwan Vishnu. He played an important role in the writing of the Ramayan by Rishi Valmiki and Sreemad Bhagwatam by Rishi Ved Vyas.

Narad Bhakti Sutra, Narad Purana, Narad Pancaratra, Narad smriti or Narad Dharmashastra are some of the hindu texts associated with Devrishi Narad. His temple is in Korva or Naradgaadhe near Raichur and Chigateri near Davanagere in Karnataka.

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Westerners Adopt Indian Practices, Deny Giving Due Credits

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument.

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Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to protect our own heritage and Dharma. Hindu Council Of Australia

By Shashi Holla (WA) and Surinder Jain

Colonial or a white supremacy mind set may be clever enough to adopt Hindu practices but denies giving credit where it is due. Stealing Hindu Intellectual Property, they do not hesitate to rename and repackage so that they can sell it back to India for immense profits. Off course, they will leave no chance to tell Indians to stop their superstitious ways and to adopt the new scientific knowledge which “they” have “invented”.

Following has been already digested or appropriated by West. Some of the Western academics don’t believe that they belong to India.

Yoga Nidra   AS  Lucid Dreaming

Nadi Shodhana AS Alternate Nostrils Breathing

Vipassana  AS Mindfulness.

The latest addition to this list is

Pranamyam AS Cardiac Coherence Breathing

Several researchers have reported that pranayama techniques are beneficial in treating a range of stress-related disorders.[29] But the latest attempt has taken the appropriation too far. An American magazine “Scientific American” in its article titled “Proper Breathing Brings Better health” termed “Pranayama” as cardiac coherence breathing. (15 January 2019). The article gives us an idea about how West is so sophisticated in stealing knowledge from ancient cultures particularly Hinduism.

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Man doing Yoga. Wikimedia Commons

Prāṇāyāma is mentioned in verse 4.29 of the Bhagavad Gītā.[11] According to Bhagavad-Gītā As It Is, prāṇāyāma is translated to “trance induced by stopping all breathing”, also being made from the two separate Sanskrit words, prāṇa and āyām.[12] Pranayama is the fourth “limb” of the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga mentioned in verse 2.29 in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.[14][15] Patanjali, a Hindu Rishi, discusses his specific approach to pranayama in verses 2.49 through 2.51, and devotes verses 2.52 and 2.53 to explaining the benefits of the practice.[16] Many yoga teachers advise that pranayama should be part of an overall practice that includes the other limbs of Patanjali’s Raja Yoga teachings, especially Yama, Niyama, and Asana.[18]

“Pranayama” a department of Yogic science practiced and documented 5000 years back ( even 15,000 years back) by Rishis is not even acknowledged by the author of the article. If one read the article they vaguely suggest that breathing exercises also existed in China, Hindu and in Greek culture.  This is how appropriation of ancient techniques takes place by West.  As Sankrat Sanu an entrepreneur, researcher and writer put it in his tweet “after erasing the origin they claim it as their own invention, attack original traditions as Superstition”.

As famous Indian American Author Rajiv Malhotra summarizes: “The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”. Its time Indians in general and Hindus in particular should be vigilant and should have an academic mind set to respond to such misadventures to  protect our own heritage and Dharma.

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The article standardizes cardiac coherence breathing as Chinese, Hindu, Greek and various traditions as equal origins, and then modern West turns it into science”.  Pixabay

There is an argument by some Hindu liberals thinking “what the problem in it”? They think our knowledge is globalized by West in the same way we consume inventions of the West. But it’s a very naïve argument. West has created an eco system and mechanism in which their knowledge system is Well protected and patented by international norms. Unless West does not give a new name and fits into their framework native wisdom is not recognized in academia and media. Whereas Hindus were generous in sharing their health techniques freely from millennium never thought they will struggle in proving things which belong to them. In fact in a westernized framework of Yoga and other techniques Indian scholars, insiders and practitioners are blatantly ignored. So our own knowledge will be repackaged and exported back to us at an extra price and conditions.

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Many of our practices are being called to be Biofeedback systems. According to WikipediaBiofeedback systems have been known in India and some other countries for millennia. Ancient Hindu practices like yoga and Pranayama (breathing techniques) are essentially biofeedback methods. Many yogis and sadhus have been known to exercise control over their physiological processes. In addition to recent research on Yoga, Paul Brunton, the British writer who travelled extensively in India, has written about many cases he has witnessed. (Hindu Council Of Australia)