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Sun-Earth Distance explained long back

“Yug Sahasra Yojana Par Bhanu, Leelyo Taahi Madhura Phal Jaanu” is the sloka that clearly explains the difference between Sun and Earth. That sloka of Hanuman Chalisa says, “Lord Hanuman has travelled thousand of kilometers towards Sun to swallow, thinking that to be a fruit.” “One ‘Yug’ is equal to 12,000 years, ‘Sahasra’ is 1,000, Yuga Sahasra is 12000 multiplied by 1000 and one Yojana is 8 miles. As per the aforementioned sloka, “Lord Hanuman travelled Yug Sahasra Yojana= 12,000*1000*8 = 96000000 miles, i.e, 154497024 kms to reach Sun,” which measures the distance between Sun and Earth.

Cloning, a yugas-old concept!

While cloning of a mammal was new for many until it was first implemented in 1980s in case of sheep, human cloning has been a long debate. Possibility of it has proofs in ancient India, as written per the epic ‘Mahabharata’. In Mahabharata, queen Gandhari of Gandhara Kingdom had 100 sons called ‘Kauravas’. In fact, she did not directly give birth to all 100 sons. Embryo from her body was split into 100 parts and each part is fertilized in kunds (container), which in turn, resulting in 100 kauravas. In current day medicine, test-tube baby is also conceived the same way outside woman’s body, where egg (embryo) is fertilized outside in a laboratory dish and then implanted back into woman’s uterus.

Tilak, sandal paste and Vibuthi?

The space between two eyebrows (Bhrumadhya) is a key nerve point of the human body and it’s the place where ‘Ajna Chakra’ lies. Applying kumkum/tilak results in activation of nerve and points at Bhrumadhya and also facilitates blood circulation to facial and other associated muscles. Master gland, pituitary gland, which controls biochemical processes of the human body, is also located at this point. Applying kumkum also activates this gland, boosting internal functionalities and release of required hormones. Sandal paste nullifies the heating effect and ensures cooling, boosting concentration levels; Vibuthi activates spiritual thoughts.

Science behind ‘Namaskaram’

Namaskaaram (meaning is more than a formal way of greeting each other. Its spiritual basis makes it different from other ways of greeting. Namaskaram involves bringing hands together closely in front of chest, with palms and fingers (pointed upwards) of both the hands in contact, followed by a slight bow. When pressed, nerves in the finger points, which are linked to pressure points of vital organs, such as eyes, ear, brain, and other sensing organs, get activated and helps in remembering a person for a long time. Greeting this way also helps in inculcating the attitude of gratitude and surrender, which undoubtedly kills one’s ego.

Plastic surgery, a 5k-yr old story!

May might think of plastic surgery as a method that originated in 1900s. But, it’s not the case for India. The origin of plastic surgery dates back to ancient Indian Vedic civilization, more than 5000 years. Sushrutha Maharshi is described as the very first one to have performed and explained plastic surgery in detail. Sushrutha (said to have lived more than 150 years before Hippocrates) described the principles of plastic surgery in his ‘Sushrutha Samhitha’, which is agreed by researchers across the globe, as the oldest treatise that explains plastic surgery in detail and also has considerable surgical knowledge of relevance even today, in fact, more advanced than current-day techniques. Midwifery and Rhinoplasty are among many other vital aspects of surgical science (Salya-tantra) dealt by Sushrutha. As the generations passed on, the treatise was translated into Arabic in 8th century A.D. and into European in 19th century and so on.