A couple of days ago, I visited my aunt’s house as she had rung me up to call on her. I went there next to next day. As she being very affectionate, she welcomed me and my better half warmly. Just after half an hour, her daughter Ms P. entered the room where we were sitting. We wished each other first and asked her about the ailment with which she was suffering. Actually she had viral wart in her sole which had been removed surgically and now it was on the healing path. She had already discussed with me about its fate and wanted to take Homeopathy for it as some of her well- wishers advised her to use this system for warts.
She told me that she had started taking Homeopathic medicine for it and showed me the bottle of that medicine. I read the name and potency of the medicine. The medicine was in high potency which is generally not repeated frequently as per the Homeopathic principles. I told her the truth about the medicine. She asked me what to do then. ‘At the most I can do for you is that I can give you new prescription,’ I said. ‘What will I say to that doctor about his treatment,’ she replied. Then we discussed on this issue at large with no result. She obliged me to talk to that doctor about his prescription but I was quite reluctant to go into the argument with him. As I know the human nature that a few people can only accept their fault so the same was repeated by this doctor He said, ‘the way I prescribe medicine is a new method’. I said,’ the method which you want to use has been declared wrong even during Hahnemann. This is used by those who have very less knowledge in Homeopathy and these physicians are called mongrel. The word mongrel was used by Dr. Hahnemann for such physician.’
She told me to start her treatment in the end as already I am her family physician too. On the same day I sent her medicine for her early recovery from the suffering.
In the beginning of this month, March, my awaited desire was fulfilled that was to visit the Jyotirlingas situated in Maharastra though people generally have desire for worldly affairs. There are five Jyotirlingas in Maharastra but two out of them are in question mark. We were five who arrived at Mumbai and took the cab that was already booked and drove directly to Bhimashankar Jyotirling which is about one hundred kilometers far from Pune and two hundred twenty five kilometer from Mumbai. Same day in the evening we reached Bhimashankar. First of all, we got Darashan of Bhimashankar. When we left the temple, sun was also going its home to take rest. Our plan was to stay at Beed but we halted at Ahmednagar as it was about 10 pm when we touched Ahmednagar. The hotel was also nice where we lodged.
Next day we proceeded to Parli Vaidnath Jyotirling. After crossing Beed we arrived at Parli Vaidnath temple of Lord Shiva. Getting the Darashan and offering the prayers we headed to Nanded. There is a famous Gurudwara, temple of Sikh community; Sikhs and Hindus both keep desire to visit that Gurudwara, so we also decided to go there. The sun was setting when we left Nanded. We wanted to stay near Aundh Nagnath that is also considered a Jyotirling. Aundh is not the name of the temple but is a village where the Nagnath Jyotirling is situated. On the way to Aundh Nagnath the driver once took a wrong route but soon he corrected his mistake. In the end we arrived at Aundh and got good sleep.
Next day early in the morning we got ready and went to the Nagnath temple that is in the basement and its roof is slightly less than five feet high. We offered our prayers and came back to go to the next destination that was Aurangabad as Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling is there. World famous, Ellora caves were also just a few miles before that Jyotirling. But that day the caves were closed for visitors as a weekly off so we got only outer glimpses of them. We then moved to Ghrishneshwar Jyotirling and offered our prayers to Lord Shiva. Having taken lunch we traveled to Shirdi that is famous for SaiBabaTemple, the second richest temple in India after ‘Tirupati Balaji temple’. We also visited the Sai temple in the same evening and after that searched out for a hotel.
Next day in the morning, we turned to go to Nasik; on the way we visited a Buddha temple which had an amazing echo – a very low sound echoed beautifully that gave us pleasing effect. Before noon we were at Trimbkeshwar Jyotirling. We first stood in a queue to get Darashan. Some pundits were demanding about one thousand rupees per person for performing rituals and Darashan. We got Darashan of the Jyotirling. There was a depression in the Jyotirling and in the depression there were three prominences that were called ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh’.
After that, we returned to Mumbai, but on the way we also visited the meditation center dedicated to Buddhism and known as ‘Vipasana’, the spelling of ‘Vipasana may be a little bit incorrect. Next day in Mumbai, we visited all those places that are quite known by name as Hazi Ali Dargah, Juhu, sea link bridge, Nariman Point, Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Laxmi Mata Mandir, Gateway of India etc… along with Elephanta caves that are 5th 0r 6th centuries erection and show that Indian stone art is quite old. In the evening we left Mumbai to go back home.
Yesterday evening, I attended a lecture that was an awareness program on ‘invest in stock market’ and that was followed by dinner. It was organized by the institute of company secretaries in Pitam Pura, Delhi. The event was inaugurated by Mrs. Meera Aggarwal. There were two main speakers who tried to enlighten the audience. The program started late by fourty-five minutes as usual happens in our society. The first speaker began his talk with a story that was as follows. Once, a man along with his assistant went to a village. They had so many monkey cages. Having seen these cages the villagers were amazed. One of them visited the man and enquired about the cages. The man said to him, ‘we have come here to buy monkeys as there is a lot of demand of them in the city and we will start our business from tomorrow. He can announce it in the village’. Next day they declared the buying price that was one hundred rupees per monkey. The villagers started catching the monkeys and selling them to the buyer. Within a week, the buyer increased the price by one hundred rupees per monkey, so the new price of a monkey was now two hundred. Just after a week, the buyer declared the new price that was five hundred per monkey as the villagers hardly caught one or two in a day. One day the buyer went to the city and his only assistant was left in the village. Next day, the villagers came to see the buyer but found there only his assistant. The assistant told them that his boss had gone to the city for some work and would return after some days. The assistant proposed the villagers to buy back the monkeys at the rate of seven hundred rupees per monkey and he also informed them that when his boss returned there he would declare the new buying price, one thousand rupees per monkey. In that situation they could sell their monkey at the higher price and might get profit easily. The villagers found his offer quite attractive and started buying the monkeys from him. Within a day he sold out all the monkeys to the villagers. Next day in the morning, he also left the village by saying them bye with the promise to come back soon. But both of them never turned up there again.
After completing the story, the speaker said, ‘the same type of story is used by some companies who float their new issues in the market. The investors who invest their money in these companies are also cheated as the villagers were deceived.’ With the help of the story, the speaker warned the audience that they should check previous track record of a company in which the investor wanted to spend his money.
The other speaker suggested investing in mutual funds as these are safer than other options. He also said, ‘there are two types of mutual funds. In one option MF invest your money only in secured bonds and you may get about nine percent returns that is exempted from tax’. In another type they invest your money in the share market with the help of their experts. Here, you may get more profit but with risk of losses also. Both the orators gave us much useful information in this regard.
Today, in the morning, a radio jockey was telling about not using plastic bags, when I switched on one of the FM channels. She said the Govt. is going to ban the use of polythene in Delhi and asking the public about their views. A guy said I will use cotton bags as people used to carry it when went to the market for shopping. These bags were reusable; in this way there was no environment problem at that time. A lady was saying that she would use old pillow covers for carrying groceries as she has a lot of old covers; she has been storing them for fifteen years. She was telling her views as if she was making fun of such a serious issue. It seemed as though she had no sense of duty for the society. One shouldn’t behave like she was.
It is many years drive against polythene by environment aware group of people. Till today, everybody should have understood the hazardous effect of it. We should discard the use of it. A question arises can this method eradicate the problem. A high level awareness may reduce its use drastically but can’t stop its utilization. The Govt. is also planning to ban it in Delhi but its use in packed food and medicine will be exempted. If anybody who is found violating this rule will be prosecuted. In the beginning the law will be applicable on the shopkeepers.
If the Govt. is really keen to stop its use why not it bans its manufacturing and finish the matter in one stroke; that is the true source of plastic bags.
Ipecacuanha is generally called Ipecac, it’s short name, in Homeopathy. It is considered a short acting remedy used in acute diseases like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, cold, hemorrhage and even in bronchitis, pneumonia etc.. It acts well in acute asthma. It shows its efficacy when drug picture corresponds to the patient’s morbid condition. This medicine has gained a lot of praise in the literature. Other systems of medicine use it only for limited purposes viz. for inducing vomiting, and in cough syrup as per my notion.
Homeopathy enumerated its real power to treat different ailments. I have also used it successfully in many different conditions even in asthma and hemorrhage.
It has special affinity on gastric ailments like Pulsatilla and Antimonium Crud. It has constant nausea and vomiting. The tongue is clean or mildly coated but Antim Crud and Pulsatilla have white coating tongue. Pulsatilla is a thirstless remedy but Ipecac has thirst. All three remedies get gastric symptoms after taking cake, pastries and rich food. Even after a lot of vomiting Ipecac has nausea. It is good for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
It is good in asthma and bronchitis even in capillary bronchitis; when the doctor examine the child’s chest, he finds rales on the whole chest – anteriorly and posteriorly. The child vomits a lot of mucous in vomiting. Ipecac looses the phlegm adhere to the bronchial tubes. It helps in the conditions occurred in the cold seasons and when days are hot and nights are cold; so it is good in autumnal dysentery. It is not even a full glimpse of Ipecac but I want to stop writing on it, other wise this piece of writing may be turned into some boring event.
I drive my car I always find my radio of the car on. FM channels are quite popular on the radio nowadays. Today when I was on the way to my office the radio jockey was telling news. A man jumped from the high rise building just for the sake of fun. He remarked that people are influenced with the characters like ‘spider-man and batman’ etc. Previously people used to jump from the top of the building just for committing suicide. They did it out of depression though majority of the societies think that men suicide only when they feel helpless.
Radio jockey said that he didn’t know why people take their life when they get it after passing many million births in different species like animals, insects, reptiles and etc.
Having heard his thoughts I was also bound to think about it. It is true that such thought is written in Hindu literature. I was always confused about this type of birth theory. I have argued so many times on the issue with so many people in different ways. Sometimes I talk in favor of it and another time against it. I generally manage to convince others with my arguments but always find myself in doldrums as far as this issue is concerned.
In everybody’s life such movements come, a few lucky people never come in this category. When one thinks about mutilating ones life by any available means but such teachings helps him to come out of these dark and gloomy periods of life. In this way the old teachings still today play a big role in our life to live peacefully.
People jump from a high place just out of excitement; this is truly a serious situation which should be tackled in time.
Yesterday, I went to attend the ‘Mata Ki Chowki’ at one of my relative’s house though it wasn’t held in his house but in an air-conditioned ‘Dharamshala’ near his house. It’s a type of prayer offered by the Hindus to their Goddess. In this prayer, devotees, Pandits and singers sing religious songs dedicated to the Goddess. These religious songs, called ‘Bhajans’, are generally based on filmy tunes. After the prayer, food is served to all the persons who attend it; this is a general tradition in Delhi, the capital of India.
Naresh who was the organizer of the event took a few good steps that were really appreciable. The first point was that he got the program ended in time though the head Pandit insisted him to continue it for one more hour. Naresh commanded him strictly to go on as per his instructions. Naresh argued him, ‘If the program is finished late people will reach home late in the night and their next day’s work may be affected. In the end, the head Pandit agreed toNaresh’s plea even then he revealed his intention on the mike but nobody came forward to support him.
The second step which Naresh adopted was that he began to serve the food a lot before the end of the prayer, so the people who wanted to leave the event early were in a comfortable position. I think some of such people might have appreciated his decision. I had had my dinner almost in the last and the time was 11 in the evening and so reached home at about 11.30, just half an hour after having dinner. By 12 at mid-night, I was in the bed.
One strange thing I observed in the ‘Chowki’ and I think some of others who were present there might have also done along with logical thought over it. There were two dance performances based on ‘Bhajans’. It was played by actors who were in the form of God viz., God Shankar, Hanuman and Goddess Kali. They danced well on the pre-recorded music and religious songs. I thought why they performed the dance in the form of God. Did they just want to make the program enjoyable? If it was the reason they could have used some other tactics to make the event more charming. Just a decade ago, devotees used to perform dance and recite ‘Bhajans’ to make God happy but, now, the state of affairs is just the reverse of it.
Mr.RCG is seventy, gives or takes a few years, and is one of the members of my study circle. We have been studying together for the last ten years or so. Recently he got a problem in his vision due to cataract that has been developing for some time in his eyes though he was continuing his study without much difficulty. For about a month ago he felt difficulty in reading so he got his glasses changed but of no use. Examining his condition the doctor advised him to go for a cataract surgery.
He is a medical bill reimbursement beneficiary because of being a retired Govt. employee. He chose the hospital that is empanelled in the Govt. list. After examination the doctor told him that there are different varieties of lenses available and the Govt. pays us a certain amount for it. If you want to get better quality lens, you will have to pay the balance amount from your pocket. RCG agreed to his proposal after consulting me and Dr. Vinod, our common friend.
On 31st December, a New Year eve, in the afternoon he went to the hospital for the cataract surgery. His operation was done on the same day and was discharged.
Next day, the first day of the New Year 2012, I was bit lazy in the early morning as I knew that no body would turn up to attend the class. I was surprised to see Mr. RCG in the morning with a box of sweets in hand. After exchanging the New Year wishes and having a cup of tea, I asked him whether he was interested to attend the class. To my utter surprise he replied that he came there not only to wish me a happy new year but also to attend the class. After that we went to attend our class.
He has a firm belief in Homeopathy as he knows about the superior efficacy of the Homeopathy. Having seen his such inclination I suggested him some medicines that help after surgery.
The following day we got up early in the morning. There was a big lawn in the back of the room so I went there and sat in the chair. After sometime Mira also came there along with tea in two glasses as she likes to take tea in a glass. I also enjoyed the tea and listened to the different sounds of birds. The sounds were clear as there was quite silence. We phoned to some nears and dears. We got ready after sometimes and went to dining hall to take breakfast. In the breakfast there were many varieties that were prepared after keeping in view of the all the guests staying in the hotel.
Our group was ready to move southward of the city. In the beginning we visited the ship making factory. The factory was really worth seeing. In fact they were making only the toy ships which you can keep in your house as a decoration piece. Some of our team members bought the toy ships from the factory. Having seen it we reached the place that was quite big , below the ground and covered with greenery. The place is called ‘Ganga Talao’. We did photography at that place as the location had a lot of scenic beauty.
However, it is surprising to know that more than half of Mauritius population is of Hindus. They try to maintain their sanctity and use their traditional dress and language. It was told to us that in every village of Mauritius there is a temple. Most of Mauritius the Hindus were migrated there when India was ruled by British. There is a long lithic statue of Lord Shiva. The height of the statue is one hundred feet and is called ‘Mangal Mahadev’. There is also a beautiful Lord Shiva temple that is called thirteenth ‘Jyotirlinga’ as twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ are placed in India. This temple would work as a binding agent between India and Mauritius. Having visited all these places the tummy reminded us of the time of lunch. Meanwhile a group of Hindus who were constructing a big temple came to invite us to lunch. The food was delicious. After lunch some of our members donated a handsome amount to them for temple construction. They were also planning to construct a building that would be called ‘India House’. After that we proceeded to a village, Chamarel where a volcanic earth was erected in an unusual way that showed us the place in seven different colors which appeared to be artificial ones as some of our members also raised their suspicion though being really natural. In the evening we returned to our hotel.
Once again at dinner time we went for a banquet that was hosted by some dignitaries of Mauritius. The art and culture minister of Mauritius also attended the function. The host welcomed us quite warmly. It was all about our second day in Mauritius that my memory allowed me to jot down, (28th, May 2011).
On the following day, we got up early in the morning at 4.30 as we didn’t get sound sleep in the night, though we had decided to get up at 5. We were ready by 5.30 and at six O’ clock drove off to Gaya. It all happened smoothly as we had got the taxi booked the previous night. The road was very levelled and without any pit holes that was beyond our expectation. We appreciated the present Chief Minister of that area, Bihar. The driver told us that even the law and order is also maintained nowadays.
In the afternoon we arrived at Rajgir which is popular among tourists as there is a hot water pond. We all took bath in it. Some pundits use this place as a religious one and exploit the tourist sentiments. We also got our feelings ill-used by one of these such pundits. After that we went to Nalanda ruins that were excavated in the last decades of British rule. Now it has got the status of world heritage and is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. We all know that about two thousand years ago Nalanda was a World Fame University. Having seen it I felt some internal pleasure as I had the strong desire to visit these remains. We also visited the museum that had the things found during the excavation of Nalanda.
After that we directly proceeded to Bodh Gaya temple. The Sun was going back his home when we reached there. It is the place where Lord Buddha got realization. Inside the temple we saw the tree under which Buddha did meditation. The temple was really beautiful and was full of foreigners who kept faith in Buddhism. It was about seven o’clock when we left the temple. With the same taxi we went to Gaya that was about ten kilometers away from Bodh Gaya. There, we visited the Vishnu-pad temple that was dedicated to Lord Vishnu. As we were all feeling hungry, we searched out a good restaurant and had had our dinner. Then the time was about nine and we advanced to railway station to catch our 11.30 train to come back home.