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India Customs – rooted in ancient wisdom


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EDITOR’S NOTE:

India customs and the habitual cycles of life in India, to a large extent, still reflect a heritage that is based upon a profound connection between man and nature. A modern scientific perspective, coupled with true understanding of the Indian traditions reveals the beautiful relevance of these ancient habits in our modern age, as illustrated by Dr KK Aggarwal in his article below about Sawan (a mid-summer period observed within the Sikh tradition).

By:  Dr KK Aggarwal

“Sawan Ka Mahina Pawan Kare Sor” was a famous song in the movie Milan which has a lot of health implications. During Sawan, air both in the body as well as in the atmosphere gets vitiated leading to storm of rains, high tides in the ocean and movement related disorders in the body. Ayurveda describes them as VATA disorders and homeopathy describes them as Psora disorders. In allopathy, in terms of physical health, it represents dyspepsia, gases, dystensia, constipation, tachycardia, accelerated hypertension etc. and in terms of mind, it represents instability of mind, irritableness, anger and unsteady mind.

This is one reason why in Sawan, auspicious functions are not held, including marriage as a marriage requires lot of cooperation, mental understanding and a steady mind.

The mind is more unstable during Sawan is also depicted by the festival Guru Purnima which also falls in Sawan month. It indicates that during Sawan, one requires supervision to tame the mind.

Another of the India customs, Nag Panchami, also falls around this season. Nag is a symbolic representation of ego and Nag puja indicates again taming the mind and controlling the ego.

Leafy vegetables are not allowed to be eaten during this month as they precipitate Airy disorders. It is also during this month that leafy vegetables contain more worms and their eggs and are unhygienic to eat especially in a community food serving.

Another filmy song “Mere Naina Sawan Bhadon Phir Bhi Mera Man Pyasa” depicts the unstable state of mind during Sawan.

Sawan is also the month where on every Monday Lord Shiva is worshipped. Lord Shiva represents ability to wind up jobs. The unstable mind in Sawan month does not allow one to take decisive actions. Shiv ki pooja represents that it takes efforts to wind up jobs in Sawan month.

During Sawan month, Lord Vishnu is also seen lying under a Sheshnag in an ocean in an open eye meditative pose. The ocean represents the disturbed state of mind, Sheshnag indicates the need to control the ego and meditative pose of Vishnu represents the need to do pranayama and meditation in this season and also it indicates that it is very easy to get dissociated from your consciousness in this month as the ego gets easily activated during this period.

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About the Author:

Dr K K Aggarwal is a Sr. Consultant Cardiology & Medicine & Dean Board of Medical Education, Moolchand Medcity. He is also Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council, Hony Visiting Professor DIPSAR, Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & emedinews, Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08-09), Finance Secretary IMA (07-08), Chairman IMAAMS (06-07), President Delhi Medical Association (05-06)
He can be contacted via:
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