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Saturday, May 06, 2017

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Useful for all over-40 guys.................ALL MEN MUST READ THIS PLEASE....

Useful for all over-40 guys.................ALL MEN MUST READ THIS PLEASE....

A useful article / talk on Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) or in simple terms, Enlarged Prostate. Diet is the most important part of this talk which is something within our control; and it works.

*FULL TEXT OF PROSTATE HEALTH AWARENESS LECTURE*

*MEN MUST READ*

Gentlemen,

I am here to speak with you on Prostate. The topic is misleading. *Is prostate strictly for men? Yes, ONLY men have prostate and ONLY men over 40 years but the healthcare enlightenment is for everyone*

There is no woman who does not know a man 40 years and above, father, uncle, brother, son, friend, neighbor, colleague.Essentially what I will be doing today is health promotion. Responsible health promotion must provide three things:

1. Information
2. Reassurance
3. A plan OF action.

Let me start with a background on prostate health.

Everyone has a pair of kidneys. The job of the kidney is to remove waste. It is the LAWMA (waste management company) of your body. Everyday your blood passes through the kidney several times to be filtered. As the blood is filtered, urine is formed and stored in a temporary storage tank called the urinary bladder.

If there were to be no urinary bladder, as a man walks on the road, urine will be dropping.

Now think of the plumbing work in your house. Think of the urinary bladder as the overhead storage tank. From the storage tank, a good plumber will run pipes to other parts of the house, including the kitchen. God in His wisdom ran pipes from our urinary bladder to the tip of the penis. The pipe is called the urethra. *Just below the bladder and surrounding the urethra is a little organ called the prostate gland*.

*The prostate gland is the size of a walnut and weighs about 20grams. Its job is to make the seminal fluid which is stored in the seminal vesicle. During sexual intercourse, seminal fluid comes down the urethra and mixes with the sperms produced in the testicles to form the semen. So semen technically is not sperm. It is sperm + seminal fluid. The seminal fluid lubricates the sperm*.

After age 40, for reasons that may be hormonal, the prostate gland begins to enlarge. From 20 grams it may grow to almost 100 grams. As it enlarges, it squeezes the urethra and the man begins to notice changes in the way he urinate.

If you have a son under 10, if he has a little mischief like we all did at that age, when he comes out to urinate, he can target the ceiling and the jet will hit target. Call his father to do same, wahala dey. His urine stream is weak, cannot travel a long distance and sometimes may come straight down on his legs. So he may need to stand in awkward position to urinate.

Not many men will be worried their urine stream cannot hit the ceiling. Toilets are on the floor and not on the ceiling. But other symptoms begin to show.

*TERMINAL DRIPPLING:*

The man begins to notice that *after urinating and repacking, urine still drops on his pants*. This is the reason why after an older man urinates, he has to ring bell. A younger man simply delivers to the last drop and walks away. Just see an older man coming from the bathroom. Sometimes he may clutch the newspaper closely to hide the urine stains, particularly on plain colored trousers.

*HESISTANCY*

*At this point you wait longer for the urine flow to start. There are 2 valves that must open for you to urinate – the internal and external sphincters. Both open but because of obstructions in the urethra, you wait long for the flow to start*
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*INCOMPLETE EMPTYING*

*You have this feeling immediately after urinating that there is still something left*.

As all these things happen, the bladder begins to work harder to compensate for the obstruction in the urethra. The frequency of urination goes up. Urgency sets in. sometimes you have to practically run into the toilet. Nocturia also becomes common. You wake up more than 2 times at night to urinate. Your wife begins to complain.

Men being men may not talk to anyone even at this point. Then the more serious complications start.

*Stored urine gets infected* and there may be burning sensation when urinating.

*Stored urine forms crystals. Crystals come together to form stone either in the bladder or in the kidney. Stones may block the urethra*.

*Chronic urinary retention sets in*. The bladder stores more and more urine. The size of the bladder is 40 - 60 cl. A bottle of coke is 50cl. As the bladder stores more urine it can enlarge up to 300cl. An overfilled bladder may leak and this leads to wetting / urinary incontinence. Also the volume may put pressure on the kidney and may lead to kidney damage.

*What may likely bring the man to hospital is acute urinary retention. He wakes up one day and he is not able to pass urine.*

*Everything I have described above is associated with prostate enlargement, technically called benign prostate hyperplasia.BPH*

There are other diseases of the prostate like:

1. *Prostatitis – inflammation of the prostate*

2. *Prostate cancer – cancer of the prostate*.

This discussion is on prostate enlargement.

I have bad news and good news.

*The bad news is that everyman will have prostate enlargement if he lives long enough*.

*The good news is that there are life style changes that can help the man after 40 to maintain optimum prostate health*.

*NUTRITION*

Look at what you eat. 33% of all cancers, according to the US National Cancer Institute is related to what we eat.,Red meat everyday triples your chances of prostate disease. Milk everyday doubles your risk. Not taking fruits / vegetables daily quadruples your risk.

Tomatoes are very good for men. If that is the only thing your wife can present in the evening, eat it with joy. It has loads of lycopene. *Lycopene is the most potent natural antioxidant.*
Foods that are rich in zinc are also good for men. *We recommend pumpkin seeds* (ugbogulu).
Zinc is about the most essential element for male sexuality and fertility.

*Men need more zinc than women*. Every time a man ejaculates he loses 15mg of zinc. Zinc is also important for alcohol metabolism. *Your liver needs zinc to metabolize alcohol.*

*ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION*

As men begin to have urinary symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, it is important they look at alcohol consumption. More fluid in means more fluid out.

Drink less. Drink slowly.

*EXERCISE*

*Exercise helps build the muscle tone*. Every man should exercise. Men over 40 should avoid high impact exercise like jogging. It puts pressure on the knees. Cycling is bad news for the prostate. We recommend brisk walking.

*SITTING*
*When we sit, two-third of our weight rests on the pelvic bones. Men who sit longer are more prone to prostate* symptoms. Do not sit for long hours. Walk around as often as you can. Sit on comfortable chairs. We recommend a divided saddle chair if you must sit long hours.

*DRESSING*

Men should avoid tight underwear. It impacts circulation around the groin and heats it up a bit. While the physiological temperature is 37 degrees, the groin has an optimal temperature of about 33 degrees. Pant is a no - no for men. Wear boxers. Wear breathable clothing.

*SMOKING*

Avoid smoking. It affects blood vessels and impact circulation around the groin.

*SEX*

Regular sex is good for the prostate.

Celibates are more prone to prostate illness. While celibacy is a moral decision, it is not a biological adaptation. *Your prostate gland is designed to empty its contents regularly*.
 
J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"

Sunday, April 30, 2017

.Well worth the effort!......

Saturday, April 29, 2017

To Day is(30th April, 2017)...1229th Birth Anniversary of..Jagadguru Sri.ADISANKARACHARYA.....

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Some of his Divine work during his short span of 32 years on this Mother planet EARTH.

1.Jagadguru Sri Adi Sankara's Hymn to the Divine Mother.......

O Mother! Let all my speech be your prayer......let all my crafts and technology be your worship and be the mystic gestures of my hand, adorning you.......May all my movements become your devotional circumbulating........May everything I eat or drink be oblations to you..........Let my lying down in rest and sleep be prostrations to you. Mother........Whatever I do, may all that become a sacramental service and worship for you.

AND....................

2.Vivekachudamani Teachings on the fall of a Man of Wisdom.......

No great danger is there for the man of wisdom than carelessness about his own real nature. From this comes delusion, thence egoism. This is followed by bondage and then by misery. (Verse 322)

Finding even a wise man hankering after sense objects, forgetfulness torments him through the evil propensities of the intellect, as a woman torments her doting paramour. (Verse 323)

If the mind ever so slightly strays from the ideal and becomes outgoing, then it goes down and down, just as a ball, inadvertently dropped on a flight of stairs, bounces down from one step to another.(Verse 325).

3.Jagad Guru Sri Adi Sankaracharya.........

The greatest teacher of the Vedanta philosophy was Jagad Guru Adi Sankaracharya (AD788-820). By solid reasoning he extracted from the Vedas the truths of Vedanta, and on them built up the wonderful system of knowledge & wisdom that is taught in his commentaries.

He unified all the conflicting descriptions of Brahman and showed that there is only one infinite Reality. He showed that as man can only travel slowly on the upward road, all the varied presentations are needed to suit his varying capacity.

4.Adi Shankaracharya taught that Three things were the great gifts of God :

1 Human body.......2.... Thirst after God...3....Thirst after God.

 A Teacher(Master/Guru) who can show up the light. When these three great gifts are ours, we may know that our redemption is at hand. Only knowledge can free and save us but with knowledge must grow virtue.Books cannot teach God, but they can destroy ignorance; their action is negative. To hold to the books and at the same time open the way to freedom is Adi Shankara’s great achievement.


His whole life’s work is nothing but that, the throbbing of the beauty of the Vedas and the Upanishads- All in a matter of just within 32 years & was undoubtedly an incarnation of Supreme.

5.Teachings of Adi Sankaracharya..............

What did the World’s acclaimed and renowned Teacher Sri.Adi Sankaracharya said about “Work”

The secret of action is to get the dexterity by which works naturally causing bondage cease to have that effect. That dexterity consists in being even minded in pain and pleasure and such opposites.

It is not proper for one who has not known the self to give up the duties enjoined on him. It will be wrong if such a person were to think that he should not do his duty on the plea that work leads to bondage. For the reason that action sets the wheel of the world in motion, the person on whom a duty is enjoined should perform it. Before attaining the competence to the knowledge of the self, a man should engage in the path of action (karma yoga), which is his proper sphere, as that will lead him to attain to self-knowledge.

Path of action is the means of reaching the true knowledge of self and consists in the performance of unselfish work accompanied by the conquest of the dualities of the sensations as such heat and cold and pleasure and pain, and done in the spirit of worship of God. It is the Yoga of concentration and equality while doing work. Ordinarily, work brings about bondage in the form of merit and demerit , virtue and vice. By God's grace work ceases to bind when it is done as worship of God. Karma Yoga, therefore, is the means to liberation.......&.......Until a man has attained the competence to follow the yoga of knowledge he should engage himself in work, as he is till then qualified only to follow the path of action.

While we all read about Jagadguru Sri. Adi Sankaracharya it will be most apt to know about in brief his LIFE HISTORY.........& to begin with........

Brief: -

JAGADGURU SRI ADI SANKARA.......

Born in Kalady in Kerala (now known as God’s own country) 788 CE in an orthodox Brahmin family to Sri Shiva guru (father) and Aryamba (mother). Parents under went penance at Vadakkumnathan Temple in Trichur, Kerala and as a result the Lord Vadakkumnathan appeared before the couple and blessed the couple for a divine child who would but be short lived- and in gratitude to the God, the child was named as Sankara (One of the many names to Lord Parameswara) The prefix Adi means Prime, Original & First was conferred on him after mastering all four Vedas at the tender age of 8 and later known and called as Jagadguru (World Teacher). Jagadguru Adi sankara lived only  just 32 years, 6 months and 10 days. During this brief span he did the useful and purposeful work of several long lives. His powerful mind, sharp intellect, rich personality, ceaseless activity, stupendous achievements were so much so, that he left an indelible impression on the hearts, minds and thoughts of not only his contemporaries but also of succeeding generations with evidence. He has to his credit numerous divine and religious writings of extremely valuable in nature in the form of verses and poems, which are being used today by the people and will continue to be used by people forever.

As a matter of fact, his name, fame, profounding thoughts and amazing organizing power influenced the lives and work of many and will continue for many new generations to come, and these will remain immortal even beyond the existence of universe (if at all happens) As already mentioned earlier, Adi sankara was a son of a humble and pious Brahmin and did not posses any worldly wealth or power worth to mention. He was a monarch of mind, thought and spirit of man and too subtle for mortal eyes. He was imbued with the divine compassion, which exerts in the direction of providing enlightenment to the humanity and blossomed as a moral leader, a mentor of mankind and the spiritual ruler of the world. He exemplified the success of spiritual power. Though transient, remained a world teacher all times. He remained excellent in leadership, spirituality, management ideas and inspirational thoughts apart from being an ocean of compassion and magnanimous teacher.

He has also established four Madhas (Institutes of religious order) at: -

Sringeri (Karnataka) South

Dwaraka (Gujarat) West

Puri (Orissa) East

Jyothirmath (Uttranchal) North.......For continuing his work to complete his mission.

Attained Sarvajna pitha in Kashmir and shortly after that attained Mahasamadhi (pre-determined and unperturbed departure of soul from the body) at Kedarnath in 820 CE.
It is also said and known that Adi Sankara has attained Mahasamadhi at Vadakkumnathan Temple the place of his origin. With short and light life attained long and heavy ideologies and religious creations in the form of hymns, versus and literature to understand the values and realities of human life and living . An erasable accredit to the whole universe and its living being.................................for ever......&......Now a brief on.......

THE GREATNESS AND IMPORTANCE OF SRINGERI MUTT

SYNOPSIS.......

The great and divine personality, established Dakshinamanya Sri Sringeri Saradha Peetam (also known as Sringeri Madam) had lived just 32 years. (AD-788 – 820) JAGADGURU SRI SANKARA BHAGAVATPADA known as Sri Adi Sankarachrya.

Established in living tradition at Sringeri in the state of Karnataka, over the centuries, the Peetam has been adorned and illumined in an unbroken and undisputed master disciple traditional way by 36 Acharyas and the present Acharya being His Holiness Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal. The first Acharya to adorn the position was Sri.Suresvarachrya during AD820-834 after Sri Adi Sankar Bagvadpada.The subsequent Peeta Acharyas who had adorned and governed the Sringeri Madha in a religiously traditional and divine way are as mentioned below: -

3. Sri Nityabodaghana Maha Swamigal AD 834- 848
4. Sri Jnanaghana Maha Swamigal AD 848- 910
5. Sri Jnanottama Maha Swamigal AD 910- 954
6. Sri.Jnanagiri Maha Swamigal AD 954-1038
7. Sri.Simhagiri Maha Swamigal AD1038-1098
8. Sri. Iswara Thirtha Maha Swamigal AD 1098-1146
9. Sri. Narasimha Thirtha Maha Swamigal AD 1146-1229
10.Sri.Vidya Sankara Thirtha Maaha Swamigal AD 1229-1333
11.Sri Barathikrishna Thirtha Maha Swamigal AD 1333-1380
12.Sri.Vidyaranya Maha Swamigal AD 1380-1386
13.Sri.Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal I AD 1386-1389
14.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal I AD 1389-1408
15.Sri.Purushottama Bharathi Maha swamigal I AD 1408 – 1448
16.Sri.Sankara Bharathi Maha Swamigal AD 1448-1455
17.Sri.Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal II AD 1455-1464
18.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal II AD 1464-1479
19.Sri.Purushottama Bharathi Maha Swamigal II AD 1479-1517
20.Sri.Raamachandra Bharathi Maha Swamigal AD 1517-1560
21.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal III AD 1560-1573
22.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal IV AD 1573-1576
23.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal V AD 1576- 1600
24.Sri.Abhinava Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal AD 1600- 1623
25.Sri.Sachchidanda Bharathi Maha Swamigal I AD 1623- 1663
26.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal VI AD 1663-1706
27.Sri.Sacchidanda Bhjarathi Maha Swamigal II AD 1706- 1741
28.Sri, Abinava Sacchidanada Bharathi Maha Swamigal I AD 1741- 1767
29.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha swamigal VII AD 1767- 1770
30.Sri.Sacchidanda Bharathi Maha Swamigal III AD 1770- 1814
31.Sri.Abhinava sachidanda Bharathi Maaha Swamigal II AD 1814- 1817
32.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamiagal VIII AD 1817- 1879
33.Sri.Sacchidananda Sivabhinava Narasimha Bharathi
Maha swamigal AD 1879-1912
34. Sri.Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal III AD 1912- 1954
35.Sri.Abhinava Vidya Thirtha Maha Swamigal AD 1954- 1989
36. Sri Bharathi Tirtha Maha swamigal AD 1989- Continuing

It will be apt to mention that apart from Sri. Adi Sankara Bhagvadpada- the following Jagadgurus of Sarada Peetam have contributed literary works by the grace and divine blessings of Sri Bagvadpada, for the benefit of sublime human living and betterment of the Society.

1. Sri. Suresvaracharya Maha Swamigal
2. Sri.Jnannaghannaacharya Maaha Swamigal
3. Sri.Sri.Bharathi Tirtha Maha Swamigal
4. Sri. Vidyaraanaya Maha Swamigal
5.Sri.Sankara Bharathi Maha Swamigal
6.Sri.Abhinava Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal
7. Sri.Saaccahidananda Bharathi Maha Swamigal
8.Sri.Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swaamigal
9.Sri.Sivabhinava Narasimha Bharathi Maha Swamigal
10.Sri.Chandrasekhra Bharathi Maha Swamigal

And............WELCOME TO SRINGERI...........


Srigeri is the Abode of Gods, Acharyas, grace and peace. Do you need any more justification for not visiting Sringeri?

Do visit Sringeri, to restore the peace within you, and when you find the world around you too much for you to bear and certain incidents of life torments you.

AND DO NOT EVER FORGET TO VISIT SRINGERI......

When everything is well with you, and the fortune smiles at you to make you rich and prosperous – You will realize that you belonged to Sringeri-you will feel at Home. You will feel being with God and the sacred vibrations of Sringeri will evolve and awake your torpid spiritual state and nature.

Sringeri the ultimate place to restore, the peace, to feel divine, to kneel for worship and to attain Happiness. Create opportunities and keep visiting Sringeri.

May God grace and Acharyas bless all visitors of serene Sringeri...............&.......Finally........


Sankaraya, Shankaraya, Sankaraya Mangalam

Sankari Manoharaya Saswataya Mangalam

Let good things happen
Oh Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva,
Let good things happen
Oh Lord who is pretty to Parvathi,
Oh Lord who is forever constant

Yours in DIVINE FRIENDSHIP.............JK

J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"