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PUBLISHER'S DESK The aura tells all: A guru and his devotees mdiate the brilliant
hues of cognition and divine love. Yellow predominates in -&he auras
of a teacher and her students. An arguing couple ditplay the black-

To the.Psychic,. Nothing ish red shadEs of mmpant anger and hurtfulness. Persistent colors
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Is Reaily Ever Hidden interplay of colors, each separate, with one flOwing through the
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Color and sounds interrelated bring down form, for the atomic
structure of form, when broken down to its most refmed aspect,
equals sound. All aspects of color qualify themselves as emotions
Everyone's emotional memories are registered in of people, ot only instinctive, but intellectual and superconscious.
These are registered in the atmospheric condition of the inner
their inner aura as various shades and hues of color plane as various combinations of colors, shades and hues.
In a yoga gathering, a student once asked: "When you see colors
inside of people, is this the. aura?" No, this is not the outer aura,
BY SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI which extends three or four feet out from the physical body and is
constantly changing. That inner aura portrays tense sub-subcon-
ANY YEARS AGO, IN THE LATE FIFTIES, understanding of karma, scious tendencies, desires and reactionary conditions that have
while listening to seekers unfold from knowing little about dhar- gone to seed and often do not change for years on end. The more
their subconscious deep-rooted problems ma and the other basics of changeable outer aura is affected by the static inner aura which
created from unfulfilled desires and not- Hinduism. profoundly influences a persons daily feelings and thoughts. The /
so-happy experiences, I began to see Seeing that a seeker's interplay between the two is an underlying force of human life.
pictures form in the deep inner aura of their as- inner aura was holding a When the third eye opens in this capacity, people begin to look
tral body. These patterns, or vasanas, were por- darker color, a deep blue like plastic images with colors streaming through them. Suppose,
trayed in complex arrangements of several colors. or reddish black, would for example, a person became extremely upset over an unfair hap-
The inner aura, I discovered, is imbedded within prompt my question: pening. The congested pmnas remain vibrating in the inner aura
the chest and torso. This experience was most "What do you have on until cleared. Such an experience could be brought again to the
amazing when it first began to happen, but it your mind?" They would surface (the conscious mind), relived through conversation, and
wasn't long before it was easy to understand ex- say, "Nothing." I would say, the congestion unleashed and dissipated through the outer auric
actly how each coloF related to a deep-seated "Oh, you have something field from the core of the inner aura itself
emotional memory pattern. Looking like "mod- on your mind. What is it?" Hindu seers of ancient times used the term vasana to name
ern art," the colors interrelated with the seeker's They would say, "Not a deep-seated subconscious traits or tendencies that shape one's be-
emotional experiences, stress pressures, repressions arn;l thing." Soon the dark, congested area lief's, attitudes and motivations. Vasanas can be positive or nega-
reactionary con'ditions built up over the years. As time went on, wouln slowly begin to move up froll} the tive. One of the best methods for dissolving troublesome vasanas,
this siddhi was perfected. solar plexus into the chest. I would then is the practice of burning confessions, or even long letters to loved
A negative reactionary condition lodged in this sub-subcon-. say, "There must be something on your ones or acquaintances, describing pains, expressing confusions and
scious, inner aura is seen as shades of deep, heavy gray, or brown- mind that you are remembering that registering complaints and long-held hurts. In San,skrit, I call this
ish, greenish black. This would appear in the torso of the body bothered you when you were about the Vasana Daha Tantra, meaning "subconscious purification by
from the neck down to the waist. A happy experience is seen as twelve years old, or fourteen or sixteen." fire." Writing down problems and burning them in any ordinary
blue, yellow, pink an'd all the lighter hues. By observing auras time They would say, "I can't think of a thing." fire brings them from the subconscious into the external mind,
and time again, while listening to many hundreds of devotees tell But when 'the dark congestion reached releasing the supressed emotion as the fire consumes the paper.
their subconscious stories, all through the sixties, the accuracy was the throat area, automatically they This is a magical healing process, and one of the few methops I
astoupding. By simply looking at their inner aura, it becam~ easier would start talking. The problem would have found for actually clearing up the inner aura.
and easier to,know almost at a glance what was going to be said pop right into their eonscious mind, and Truly, we are progressing very well along the San Marga, the
next-not the very words, but the nature of the condition that )'las they would tell everything about the straight path to perfection. What is perfection? By perfection, we
to be unfolded. I later found that when a negative condition situation until the dark congestion slow- mean two things: first, strength of character-self control and ex-
cleared, the spir:itual pmnas lightened the cq!ors to almost a bril- ly changed into a bright yellow. At this . periencing life's adventures in love and understanding; and second"
liancy, and the seeker was lifted into a beautiful, high state of con- point, you would notice tp.ey had a pre- having a pure heart and love, of God as the ever-giving life energy
templation. Some even experienced the clear white light for the liminary understanding of the experi- in all beings. We gain strength of character by understanding the
first time, and others saw their entire body filled with light. This ence to which they had been reacting. unfailing law of karma-that nothing can happen to us, good, bSld
only happened when the dar~r shades of color were dissolved In studying color we find that the < or mixed, but that we have set the pmnas into motion that eventu-
fr m the sub of the subconscious state of mind, the home of deep- emotjon of jealousy bursts forth bMckish ally maI1ifest every experience. In understanding this divine law,
seated impressions of past exper¢ nce. This means that some of the green. ~ emotion of fear gives forth many shades of gray. and creates a devotional atmospher~ and orange is the color of we conquer 4..1J.rt feelings, resentment, anger and all the uncOlnfort-
emotion was lifted from the experience. They usually remained in Deeply congested states give forth black, indicating depression and activity created by desire to serve selflessly. Blackish red on the able emotions of life. Next, we accept the fact that all manifested
a high state of consciousness until they started to react to having . the desire for security. Brown indicates the magnetic, pmnic forces' other hane! indicates repressed lust and sensual desire. life is in motion because of the pmnas that have manifested into
told me their story, then began to relive the PJroblems and recreate of nature. A deep desire of greed would produce brown. Deep The primary colors, red, blue and yellow, are the basic force form and that those pmnas are emanating right from the
some of the darker colors, clouding the white light and returning to blue indicates religious devotion without knowledge, something colors of the great prism of life. Actinic, or spiritual, force hitting Godhead, every minute of every hour of every day. It is all that
the mental-emotional state where they started. like blind faith. Light brue indicates knowlegeable devotional prac- the most sensitive odic force fields blends tHese colors into myriad simple. But in today's comp1ex world we sometimes lose sight of
1n the beginning years of yoga in America, in the middle of this tices. The color yellow indicates the richness of a purified intellec- hues In the inner and outer aura. In the inner plane of conscious- Sanatana Dharma's truths.
century, this occurred more than often: a yoga student would tual knowing. PUFple indicates bringing spiritual teachings down ness, each color is separate and distinct within itself, even while At times like thes.e, when we stumble on the path, dark, troubled
reach the clear white light through clearing sub-subconscious con- through the intellect and expounding them on the physical plane, intermingling, for colors stand alone just as sounds vibrate simulta- emotions add their dismal colors to our static inner aura. It is now
ditions, then recreate the subconscious congestion over ruid over whereas lavender is indicative of the higher spiritual teachings neously in the same atmosphere in this plane of consciousness. time to stimulate heartfelt forgiveness and be diligent in daily sad-
agaiR. Why did this happen? Because of wrong knowledge~no . held inside on the higher mental plane. Pink is refined emotion Should one be able to see sound waves, they would register as an hana. Once the problem is mown, we can correct it!


And Proud of It! Analyzirig the Differences Your Kenya correspondent wore a sari but I


coyer with such zeal and fascination. The
article from the PUBLISHER'S D~SK and the
EDITORIAL in Dec., '97 issue made me
more inclined to choose Buddhism over
Hinduism because Buddha went to a great
deal of trouble and suffering while Hin-
no hindi and the ones from the United States
w~e neither sari nor hindi. This perhaps
y.rould not be so surprising in a context of
day-to-day life. But for HINDUISM TODAY,
Sureness'in Faith Will
question why I've been celeb~ating Christ-
mas for the last 15 years when I'm proud to
be a Hindu. This prompted us to have some
serious family discussions and nliturally led
duism was in place (Dharmic Differences,
INSIGHT, Feb., '98). In effect, was he saying
this religion I was raised in is horrible-so I
must seek out the real one? Or dO we have
could they not have found more traditional
and appropriate portraits of themselves?,
There is nothing like a sari for combining el-
egance and modesty. And the bindi is re- HINDU RENAISSANCE TEAM
Surely Lead Us to,God
to, the family gathering for prayer and sat- Buddha demonizing Hinduism, which quired of apHindu women except widows.
sang at our home. • might point to his egoism-which he was Perhaps our daughters of Bharat need to be HINDUISM TODAY was founded January 5, 1979, It is the noblest element of our existence,
AJITAPATEL not supposed to have? HINDUISM TODAY reminded of who they really are and where by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, for the
MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, US shows distinct differences under an indis- they have come from. They are not Euro- following purposes: 1. To foster Hindu solidarity
as a unity in diversity amo~g all sects and lin-
removing all forms of hurdles in our life
tinct banner, both religions coming off as pean Christians. They should not seek to be
Outreach Is Needed very noble, adding fodder to the 'question, more like them. My wife just came into'the eages; 2. 'Ib inform and inspire Hindus world-
HINDUISM TODAY SHOULD HAVE A CORRE- why would Buddha seek as he did? room. She is wearing pants and a blouse. I wide and people interested ~I). Hinduism; 3. To BY SIVANANDINI DURAISWAMY
spondent in the land of Lord Jagannath and am reminded that she has not worn a bindi dispel myths, illusions and misinformation
about Hinduism; 4. To protect, preserve and
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gion; 5. To nurture and monitor the ongoing
has the highest demographic percentage of start by narrowing the focus of my concerns _ _ J - - - " ' - J with the hope creating misunderstanding and
spiritual Hindu renaissance. We invite our read-
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I JUST WANTED TO PRAISE YOU FO'R PRO- lines for right living, described only the with verses (The Weaver, INSIGHT, Mar., Publisher's Aide: Acharya Ceyonswami and after a while finds hinlself in a desolate When the problems of life take the better
viding a good source of information and transcendent nature of the Divine. Howev- '98). Is it possible to undertake' a mammoth Deputy Edl1tor: Acharya Kumarswami and arid area bereft of pastures and trees. of us, we seek consolation and help from
news on Hinduism. I have just married into er, I do not know of any writing in which he project to take one Kural from each of the Managing Editor: Sannyasi Arumugaswami The scorching sand is beneath his feet and outside and forget to look within. "Have
a Hindu family and am eager to learn about denied the possibility of the immanent. The 133 or 108 Chapters (Artha & Dharma) ex- Graphics [;lirector: Sannyasi Natarajaswami the blazing sun above, blinding and choking faith in God and in yourself," were the
my new culture and religion. In Phoenix, immanent was simply not relevant in his plairung it with beautiful pictures in HIN- Mauritius Editor: Sannyasi Murugaswami him. The ronely tracts of the arid sands magnetic words of Swami Vivekananda,
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duct (Cues and Clues, INSIGHT, Sept. , '97) spoken and written for guidance, could cial service. I am afraid that the children who Dep. Managing Ed.: Tyagi Klrrttikeyanathaswami may have to pursue this journey forever. Within and enter into the inner realm of
really helped me to enjoy my visit in India, only know of the transcendent. Some Bud- are growing in this land who are more at- Editor-in-Chiefs Aide: Yogi Yuganatha But as he moves forward, the sun goes life where the Atman resides.
where my husband and I were married in a dliists groups have devised their own icons tracted to the Western influences may fail to Advertising Manager: Sadhaka Jothinatha down and his senses come back to him. In life we realize that a; we have faith in
Hindu wedding ceremony. His family was to represent the immanent. The natur.e of incorporate our ancient wisdom. SubSCription Manager: Sad,haka Adinatha Who is this traveller and what is this ourselves, we bring the outer-material
honored and impressed that I knew how to the human being is such that while some A. BALASUBRAMANIAN
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conduct myself in a temple and in the home. people need the comforting presence of the AUBURN,ALABAMA,US Correspondents: Gowri Shankar & Anandhi ~a­ traveller, the human being, the pilgrim of er. Strangely, the outer material life then
It also took away my ~iety and allowed me immanent CreatorlProtector, others only chan<4an, Chennai; Choodamarii Shivaram, Banga- eternity in my sojourn on Earth. The • becomes more beautiful, acquiring a
lore; Rajiv Malik, Prabha Prabhakar Bhardwaj, Man-
to enjoy my temple visits. find a transcendent Divinity to be mean- gala Prasad Mohanty, Delhi; Y S. Gopalakrishnan, desert is the wheel ofsamsara-the life of granrleur that is influenced by the iDner
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MESA, ARIZONA, us well to allow for this diversity in human na- THE INDONESIAN HINDUS NEED TO FIND Los Angeles; Lavina Melwani, New York; Dr. Hari ing. There are time.s when life was too big peaceful and steadfast-attributes that
" ture ~d acknowledge both forms of the Di- more information concerning their fellow Bansh Jha, Nepal; Parasram Ramoutar, Anil Mahabir, for me, when all things conspired to frus- make one truly beautifuL
viJ?-e. Mankind should be taught to rejoice in "Hindu communities and activities all over Trinidad; Dr. Devananda Tandavan, Chicago; Y G. rate, obstruct and destroy, and I felt that I Thus, when sorraw and misfortune, fear ,
Iran Letter Heartening our similarities instead of battling over our the world. HINDUISM JODAY is very useful in Julie Rajan, Philadelphia; Shikha Malaviya, Mllmeso- had lost my bearings. I felt lonely and lost and gepression come our way, our faith in
I READ THE BEAUTIFUL LETTER TO HIN- differences. increasing understanding and sohdarity of ta; Rajesh Jantilal, South Africa; Tara Katir, Hawaii deep within me. In such a situation, experi- God and in ourselves should not waver.
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mysticism among some Iranians. If it is au- " MALANG, INDONESIA though I may not know where ~ am going. During the dark moment as we cross the
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Indology. Books were produced flashed before our vision more of-
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sciousness. We did not care for largest of Delhis publishers, serv-
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once advised, "It's not in books, you meaningless tra~h to turn a profit," suggests publisher that most people read from daily- evacuated earlier to Amritsar. in Lahore. At Motilal's transition
fool." True enough of Truth, but Naresh Gupta of Indian Books Centre and Sri that is, a chapter {rom the Gita or Ramayana. Later kindly Muslim neighbors at an eaIiy age, his younger broth-
when it comes to matters of culture Satguru Publications, which began in 1976. Suruchi Prakasfian, the publisher manqged helped our father to escape sF\fe- er, L¥ Sunderlal Jain, stepped in.
and history, books are the surest 'jUter all, it is the same paper, the same ink by a trust set up by the Rashtriya Sevak ly across the border. Our family Later, Mr. Shantilal Jain joined the
repository of a nation's intellect and ide~fity. and the same technology. But we choose to Sangh, also produces cheap books for t~ was again united, but with no effort. Mter partition, the Punjabi
While other nations publish tons of trash, publish serious, religious and useful books." masses. Both publish many works in Hindi. business or assets. family started fresh in Varanasi,
India, in keeping with her con~ervative soul, Explaining the inception of the Sanskrit spe- The publishers described here have a dis- "In 1948, we sold the jewelry then moved headquarters to Del-
se'ems to prefer a more traditional st.r1e. Wit- cialization of Nag Publications, Surendra tinctly different outlook. As we spoke, each my grandmother had brought hi in 1958. Shantilal's five sons
ness the leading book publishe~ in Delhi, .Pratap recalls, "My father had a dtlep love of exuded a sense of poise, dignity and pride of with her from Lahore, and with now each handle different aspects
each and everyone committed to preserving Sanskrit. And because original texts in San- achievement. In response to the idea of that money steps were taken to of the business, with the youngest Present heir: Moti/al Banarsidass; Rajeev Prakash Jain
the Hindu literary legacy, ancient and mod- skrit were largely unavailable, he decided to "missing the mass market," Abhinav's Shakti' re-establish the business. Be- looking after exports. Senior son
ern. The religious resolve of the six publish- publish them himself, fully knowing that the Malik countered that "Quality and long life cause we were ~ll-known pub- . and head of the firm, Rajeev Praka§>h Jain, main clients are res.earchers and universi-
ers that HINDUISM TODAY spo~e to in Febru- volume of sales would be very low." is the key to salability. Our buyers look for lishers with a good reputation, it says, "Our mottos are 'Do not diverSify' and ties," Rajeev explains. "Indian scholars are
ary is more than superficial spiritual fervor. Indeed, high volume sales is not an expec- quality, and price does not bother them. was easy to restart. Our services 'Do not spoil the long-established r~uta­ dependent upon libraries because they can-
It'l"s a family covenant. Within each clan ex- tation of any of these publishers. Sunil Gup- That is how we are able to sustain ourselves." to the literary world were recog- tion.' Commercial viability is not our prima- not afford to buy personal copies. It is a pity
ists an unspoken contract that gently binds ta points out, "The books are mostly in Eng- tn the spirit of objective reporting and nized, and the business flour- ry concern. The company has a firm policy: that people who have the money do not wish
sons to continuing the patrilineal trade. lish. But the masses are not English literate." disclosure, it should be noted that Hi- ished once again. if we think a book should be publiShed, we to read, and the serious readers do not have
The pious publishing giAnt Motilal Banar- Only eight percent of all Indians speak any malayan Academy, publisher of this maga- "I:ti the 1950S my father do not worry about the cost. The company is the means to buy books. Th~ country has an
sidass traces its heritag&back to 1903, and English. Also,. until the recent upsurge of In- zine, has on-going projects with four of the reestablished the family busi- able to absorb the extra expense." interesting pattern. In Western India, Maha-
Munshiram Manoharlal tracks their family dia's middle tIass, book prices generally pre- publishers reported on in this article. ness under the banner of Mun- "Because our books are scholarly, our rashtra and in the South, most people are vo-
20 HINDUISM TOD A.Y M Y , 1998
racious readers. Calcuttians are real book ars, libraries and specialized orga- line of handmade paper prod-
lovers. When we have exhibitions, if they nizations. Our books are meant to ucts which were specifically de-
cannot afford to buy a book, they 'o/ill come be used by num~rous readers. Most signed and marketed for export.
several times just to see and' feel them. They go to collectors or to reference The products include writing
start saving, maybe for a year, and then buy desks." paper and matching e9velopes
the, book during the ne¥t exhibition." Malik is a graduate of mathemat- decorated with various Indian
Publishing, Rajeev affirms, is "in our ics who later specialized in arts and motifs, including iconographic
blood. It's in our genes." Irs a family effort, religion. His career began at the In- depictions of Hindu' Gods like
"We all live under one roof and eat from one dian Institute of Public Opinion: Ganesha. A very popular series
common kitchen. You may term it as the During thiS'time, his interest in an- carries symbols of the different
family culture or hierarchy, but only the cient history developed, and he be- rasis (astrological birth" signs).
males work in the business. Our daughters came a partner in the Young Asia Ateev's division has won prizes
get married and go with their husbands, Publications company in 1965. In from the governmen't of India
who have their own businesses. They all are 1972, he quit his job and became a and awards from the Federation
married into very well-to-do families. My full-time independent ~ublisher. of Publishers.
son, trained in ~ondon in printing technolo- Although he has had no formal Shakti Malik himself is im-
gy, has started his own company, ' Excell training in publishing, his success pressively tall and stocky, but
Publishers, which produces books on man- has been explosive, and he has nev- holds a demure countenance.
agerrtent. I think we have a bright future." er doubted his decision. He feels ' He radiates a profound satisfac-
He explains, "We follow the Jain religion, that his venture into publishing is tion· with his station in life.
but this is not reflected in our publishing. "God's will" and maintains that Along with the security of hav-
Rather, we are known the world over for our "The customer is God." ing a thriving business, of being
specialization in ancient Indian and specifi- Certainly, God was smiling on his own boss and of having the
cally Hindu culture, religion, tantra, art and Malik when his first book, Iconog- ' sure suppoJ:.t of his son, Shakti
philosophy." But, "We pu~lish a lot on reli- Founding father: Abhinav's Shakti Malik raphy of Vishnu, was launched in Malik is also enjoying personal
gion in general, which includes Jainism and 1973. It was priced at RS 75 , which edification. He couldn't resist Brothers bound: The founders of Sri Satguru Publications, Naresh and Sunil Gupta
B'1Iddhism. Hindu sacred literature is in San- AR T'S ARCHIVISTS was quite high at ttat time, but 400 copies telling how he learned about ,
skrit, Buddhism is in Pali, and Jainism is in sold on· the first day. Although record sales the Tamil saint, Tiruvalluvar. "I DHARMA DRIVEN
Prakriti. So we have earned a name for our-
selves as publishers of those three languages.
Lately we have covered Buddhism exten-
Abhinav like that have never been repeated, Malik
has also not been disappointed. "Whatever
we choose to publish sells well," he rejoices.
Another reason Malik is a satisfied salesman
had never heard of him," Malik
reveal~d. "But he is immensely
popular among Tamilians. In Inclian Books Centre
sively. Our largest selec1!ion is Tibetan." his Tirukural, he has· written
From behind his desk amidst stacks of
books, Rajeev told HINDUISM TODAY, "We
Beginning his own is that, as he proudly declares, "There is no
black money. All our income is accounted
extensively about the various
distribute in the US, South Asia and the UK. tradi tion of exc~nence for, and we pay accurate taxes. We have
duties and responsibilities of
the different stages of life-
Men with a mission to make meaningful books
There is a MotHal Books Ltd. in Oxford to peace of Illind and contentment, unlike something like Manu's works in
whom we have given full autonomy. For the some businesses." the North. Careful inquiry on ELIGIOUS FERVOR FUELS THE TWO beginning, we had to look for titles, but now
last 25 years we have had Indian shops op- ITH A LITTLE SOLE SEARCHING, Questioned on the profitability of his the thesis of Tirukural reveals erudite and gregarious brothers who that we have our reputation, authors ap-
erating in Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore and is, plodding along the back plethora of titles on sp~cialized Indian and that the primary aim of our life pilot Sri Satguru Publications, the
of Delhi's Hauz Khas Market, Hindu topics, such as The Yoga Tradition of proach us. We consider the novelty, content
Mumbai, in addition to our branches at Pat- is to realize the divine inner self
na and Varanasi." ¥otilal is a significant you know where to look and whom the Mysore Palace, Zardo.~i: Glittering Gold
publishing arm of Indian Books Cen- and language and ask ~urselves, would this
and simultaneous1y to be able to tre. "God willed us into this business ~' be suitable for the general reader or acade-
supplier to the Delhi office of the US Li- to ask, you can find the ramshackle building Embroidery, Costumes of the Rulers of Me- lead our mundane life without Naresh and Sunil Gupta, the proprietors and micians only? Thus different criteria are
brary of Congress, which procures Indian that houses the humble offices of Shakti Ma- war and Secret Power of Tantrik Breathing, misery and difficulty. I have managers, concur conclUSively. "We are reli- used for different subjects."
books for distribution to libraries and insti- lik, proprietor and managing director of Ab- Malik conceded, "True, there is not much published two translations thus gious, and this is our destiny," adds Naresh.
tutions around the world. Praising Motilal, hinav Publications. With one look at an Ab- monetary gain in this genre- but' I am fully Being the newest publisher in Delhi, it is
far. First is Readings from "Our wish is that our books will in some fitting that they have taken the lead in the
Honerable Chief Justice Mohan of Karnata- hinav book: however, you would never· committed to it." He was silent for a moment, Thirukkural, by G.N. Das, and way uplift, inspire or educate the reader. But
ka said while opening the Bangalore branch, believe that it caple from these hidden head- then added, "I have strong faith in religion in freshest market-internet sales. Their home
the second is Ambrosia of at least 'jIe know that they are not leading page on the world wide web-www.ibcin-
"I will not call them mere publishers. Tliey quarters. Each Abhinav opus is a stylish and all its forms, and therefore I expect our titles Thirukkural, by Swarniji Iraian- anyone astray." Sunil chimes in, "We fully greatly enhanced their export
are explorers who find the gems of Hindu vivid Indian cultural archive, and Malik to be successfu~. At least, we do break e,.ven ban. All this work enhances. my expec,t that they will help people to follow sales. But, according to Naresh, the brothers
thought and present them to the world." makes no disclaimers for his standards. "We wjth our publications on Hinduism." status, • and J am becoming the right path." have noticed that "In the last two to three
Reflecting on trends he hopes their books are not aiming at the man on the streets," he Malik stresses that Abhinav is "purely ~ known 'as a specialist in this True to their calling, their debut book was years the Indian market has grown su'bstan-
will counteract, Rajeev offered, "Today, Indi- certifies. "Our readership consists of schol- family business," and he takes great pride field. What would you call this, the Shiv Samhita. Later, they released major tially, and there is vast potential. Earlier, we
ans are religious only at face, that his son, Ateev Malik, a if not the providence of God?" works such as the 7-volume antltology of
; commerce graduate, is con- never concentrated on sales in India."
villue, not from within. Life is Shakti Malik's faith in Hin- Mimamsakosah, by Swami Kevalananda When asked if their parents lived with
going at such a pace that no-
body stops to think about it.
Production at a Glance tributing his talents to the
team. The father remembers
duism holds his hope for the fu- Sataswati, and the complete Encyclopedia them, Naresh, in a sudden break from his
ture. He told HINDUISM TODAY, "I of Indian Philosophy. 'AS we are Hindus," cool corporate compos)lre, quipped a terse
Poverty and the Western influ- his recruiting, "I was in dint am a born-Hindu, and I believe explains Naresh, "we publish about Ayurve-
YEAR TITLES NEW TITLES "No." Then he sallied, "We live with them,
ences are definitely ruinin~ FOUNDED IN PRINT PER YEAR PRINT RUN need of help due to expansion, that Hinduism i~ not changing. .da, Vastushastra and all the sacred sciences
and it was perfectly natural to and there is a vast cljfference. They are the
our culture. Modern women Munshiram 18 0 1,500 50-60 1,000-5,000 For centuries, the teaehings have which are allied to Hinduism."
7 have him join me." head of our family, which is one unit. We do
are no longer humble. They endured, and the religion is ad- While they look to their Lord for inspira-
Motilal 19 03 2,000 150 500-2,000 But as soon as he was put in not worry about the future in heated com-
wish to carve their own niche vancing. Its traditions and teach- tion, they rely on God-given manage'ment
charge of Abhinav's exports, petition with others. For we wish to main-
in society, with their own style, Abhlnav 1972 375 25 1,000 ings insure its surv.ival. So there skills for success. "We are in business to pub-
Ateev implemented innovative tain a religious household. We believe that
which is far refnoved from the shall always be opportunity to lish books for sale, not to fill shelvJs in our
Nag 1975 500 80-100 700- 1,000 ideas that unfolded new direc- we each have our karmas to live through and
traditional way." ..; prosper under its umbrella." ..; stores,'" qsserts SuniL "It is our policy not to dharma to fulfilL Thus we a}e content." ..;
Satguru 1976 600 40-60 tions for the ongoing publishing accept subsidies, so the title has to be ab-
INDIA. TEL: gl-1l-291-1g8S activities. Ateev introduced a t UO 016 INDlA. TEL: 91-11- 666--387 solutely saleable," Naresh elaborates. "In the
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forest in Meghalaya is the only orig- said never to shrink.
inal and virgin forest left in that re- Rice and seeds such as sesame are associ-
gion, and it harbors hundreds of ated with many rites. When proper statues
rare and unique plants. are la9king for puja to the navagraha, the
Sac;:ed groves are believed to b~ nine planets of Hindu astrology, Brahmin
the abode of certain deities or spir- priE(sts may invoke each planet by using the
its. For example, the sacred groves specific seed, spice or dal that is ritually as-
in the western ghat in Maharasht ra sociated with it.
are belie;"ed to be the abode of For the performance of havana, or homa,
deities and spirits such as Kalkai, the Vedic fire ceremony, the twigs of five
Shirkai, Waghjai, Gangoba, Ramr species-Banyan tree, Bilva, mango, Pakur
Shiv,)3him, Nagnath and many oth- (Ficus lacor) ~d Peepul-are recommend-
ers. Usually there are no temples for ed. Certain regions in South India substitute
these deities. Rather, a few vermil- mango, Pakur and Peepul with Palas, Deo-
ion-smeared stones at the base of a dar and Chandana. Of all the aboY-e, mango '
tree demarcate the spot as sacred, twigs are preferred. Bamboo is associated
and there the folk worship and place with the Brahmin threadfceremony and fot
flowers and their varied offerings. worship of ancestors. Leaves of mango,
Some trees are believed to have Ashok and plantain (banana) are the most
originated from-bodies or limbs of -common materials for decorating places for
Gods. The Peepul, or Bo-tree, was sacred rituals and for festivals. The coconut
born from the body of Lord Vishnu. or a fruiting branch of the Supari (Areca nut
Palas, Flame of the forest, was born palm) are also commonly used.
from the body of Brghma. Amla Saving grace: The faith of the tribal and
(Emblic myrobalan) rose from tears rural folk in the sanctity ana: utilitarian na-
of Brahma and the Rudraksha (Blue ture of these plants has directly resulted not
RESERVNI'ION THROUGH DOCUMEN- years old, acknowledged this fact. In marble tree) grew from tears shed only in their veneration, but in their preser-
and education." This is the Iggl he described how India is ''A by Siva. Harada (Chebulic myrobal- Towering torch: ~amphor comes from this regal tree vation as well. Traditional taboos have effec-
modus operandi of Dr. S.K Jain, the nation blessed with an extremely di- an) evolved from a drop of nectar ti~ely protected the purity and biodiversity
retired yet tireless defender of India's in- verse flora but likewise an extraordi- spilled onto Earth 1;>y the Gods. It i:s believed Chandana, sandalwood, is aIl10ng the elite of the environment and have enforced strict
finitely useful and especially sacred plants I narily large l{opulation of tribals who that Lord Brahma was born on a lotus, and and most ...renowned of sacred trees. The indigenous conservation. Yet due to urban-
and trees. Jain, nOID73 'and still very active still have an unequalled, rich knowl- it is commonly known that Tulsi (holy basil) wood is rubbed on stone and the paste is ization and the pressures of population,
in the field, is the Scientist Emeritus of the edge of the properties of their ambi- is worshiped as an incarnation of the fiance widely used for anointing the forehead as many sacred plants are rapidly becoming en-
National Botanical Research Institute in ent vegetations." In India, this deep of Lord Krishna. well as for incense and in ayurvedic prepa- dangered. The socio-religious rules that re-
Lucknow. He began in the early Ig60s by knowledge of and faith in plants, ani- Some plants have become venerable only rations. Temple deities are also bathed with strict or. regulate the collection of plant parts,
studying the e'thnobotany of the Adivasi mals . and forests has largely con- in recent times, as the species itself has the paste. The famous Murugan temple at even for or use in homa and other rites, have
tribals in central India, in what then was an tributed to natural conservation of been introduced into India in the last one or Tiruttani, Tamil Nadu, has a rare stick of been a self-regulating mechanism between
unprecedented effort. His objective was to the environment and its biodiversity. two centllries. Shivlingi (the Canonball tree) sandalwood. Ihs ground for paste used in the human and plant kingdoms. Our genera-
record in scientific detail the' tribals' medic- There is hardlY any sphere of hu- is a popular example. The name is due to the the temple rituals, which is then given to tion must be committed to preserve these
inal use of plants. Later, his sister, a scholar man activity in India where sacred rese-fublance to the shape of a Sivalinga of devotees. This special paste is lauded to have traditions of conservation for posterity. wi
of the Vedas, reveale(i to him how the same plants do not play ~Tole. Even nonbe- the stamens that protrude and bend like the curative powers. But the mystery of thi.s DR. S.K. JAIN, INSTITUTE OF ETHNOBIOLOGY, NATIONAL
plants are described'in the Vedas. His inter- lievers who usually scorn at "mythol- hood of a snake over the stigma. temple cure is that the stick of sandalwood is BOTANICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, LUCKNOW 22600 INDIA.
est germinated, and soon his resear,ch blos- ogy" and "magic-o-religious" beliefs
somed to include recording how and why are likely to pray at a parv cular tree
India:s flora are found to be sacred. With or offer certain specific flowers when WOHSHIP rounding Siva Nataraja is often
this ilual objective, he served the Botanical it comes to helping their ailing kith decorated with Datum flowers.
Survey of India for nearly three decades
and was its director for almost seven years.
and kin. In my book, Dictionary of
Indian Folk Medicine and Ethnob- In tlJardens of the Gods Lakshmi: Flowers of Padma
(lotus) and Parijata; fruits of
He initiated a1}d organized broad-based otany (l~gl, De,ep Publications, ])Jew AmZa (Emblic myrobalan),
ethnobotanical studies in several parts of Delhi), I have enumerated some INDU SCRIPTURES PRO and the plants that are specifi- K.ela (plantain); Bilva.
the country and coordinated all-India re- 2,500 species and 15,000 folk uses oJ vide some general cally associated with them. Durga: Amra (mango), pome-
search projects in endangered species and plants in India. But there is much guidelines for the use of Jasmine, pomegranate and granate, Asoka, Bilva, rice,
ethonobotany. His work attrqcted funding more knowledge yet to be codified. plants in worship. 1. Bakula are acceptable for turmeric, plantain, Mana (Alo-
fr'bm the Ford Foundation and the -Smith- Apart from individual plants, some Flower buds should not be of- all deities. casia indica) and barley
sonian Institution of the US. At ;(he request whole forest patches are considered fered. 2. Flowers found on the Brahma: Vata (Banyan tree ). Saraswati: Padma flowers;
of HINDUISM TODAY, Dr. Jain introduces hallowed. These sacred groves are ground should not be offerred, Vishnu: Leaves of Tulsi (sacred leaves of Dub (Bermuda grass).
this vast subject. known locally as vanrai, and there' with the two exceptions, Pari- Basil) and Vata; flowers of Kali: Curhal (Shoe-flower).
are hundreds of large and small van- jata (coral jasmine) and Baku- Parijata. Taboo for Vishnu are Rama and Jagannath: Tulsi.
DR. S.K. JAIN, LUCKNOW rai in India. A study has revealed the la (Elengi tree). 3. Red flowers Datura (thorn apple ) and Krishna: Tulsi, Kadamb(~
HE EXTENT TO WHICH PLANTS IN iN- presence of several hundred such are preferred for Goddesses, Shivalingi (canonball tree ). (Wild Cinchona).
dia are used in worship and medicine is groves in the state of Maharashtra but with lotus, rose and kaner Shiva: Bilva (Bael fruit tree), Ganesha: Ikh (sugarcane),
unrivaled. The closest match would alone. Some areas, like the Mawflong (oleander), all colors are con- Kachnar (Bauhinia), Ak white Ak.
. perhaps oe the forest and mountain- sidered equal. (Crown flower), Datura, Arnal- Sun: Bilva. @

dwelling tribals of Central and South Amer- Bird's eye view: (from top), Indian The following is a list of tas (Golden shower tree), Kan- Moon: Sim (Sarcostema Vata: Aerial roots of t he
ica. .Retired Harvard University professor Banyan fruits; the Peepul tree; sub- Gods, Goddesses and planets er. The circle of flames sur- acidum), Kapur (camphor). massive Indian Banyan
Richard Evans Schultes, who is now over go tle flowers of Sandalwood


INSIGHT sions, has an aura of its own deep within the outer aura that we have Reading: Man Visible and Invisible, C.W Leadbeater, The Theosophical Publishing House, 306 West Gen-
been describing. It is seen "within" the physical body itself and is evea Road, Wheaton, lllinois 60187 USA. Hands of Light, Barbara Ann Brennan, Bantam Books, 666 FIfth

The Colors of 0
Avenue, New York, New York 10103 USA. The Raiment of Light, AStudy of the Human Aura, David Tans-
different from the daily emotional-intellectual aura which appears ley, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd., II New Fetter Lane, London, EC4P 4EE, London, United Kingdom.
around the physical body as a result of awareness being in one area
of the mind or another. All the reactionary conditions of our past yourself Your aura is now brownish with murky, dirty green, possi-
which are currently reacting in our subconscious mind are reflect- bly accented with black and red sparks. To counteract this heavi-
ed in the colors of this inner subconscious aura. ness, just add white. Visualize white light flooding out from the cen-

The big question always arises, "How do we know whether or not ter of your spine into and through your aura. Visualize violet rays
we are seeing an aura, or if it is just our imagination?" The colors flooding into your new white aura, invigorating and cutting through
around the person are first seen within your own mind. You would the darkness. When you go, as pure awareness, right into the center
not clearly see them around their physical body. Later, after becom- of your spine and flood white mind-substance out into your aura,
ing adjusted to this new form of sight, you may see colors around the white mixes with the black, and gray appears in your aura. Im-
an individual's physical body. Where dp these colors come from? mediately you experience fear, but this emotion soon passes as more
All things in the mind are sound and color. Look around you white enters the aura. The gray soon disappears. As still more white
How the mystic art of perceiving and observe each vibratory rate of every physical object as enters the aura, the flamilng red of anger turns to the pink shades of
haMng a sound as well as a color. Everything is sound. Every- tolerance and compassion. The dark browns and the murky dark
auras can help you appreciate thing is color. Everything is shape. Therefore, in the refined green of jealousy turn to the emerald green of confidence and hu-
areas of the mind, all things are color and all things are sound, mility. A feeling of peace and contentment comes as the new colors
others and enhance your life recognizable through the sixth sense of the all-seeing eye. react back on the emotions. It takes but a little effort on your part,
This faculty is always awake. You only have to learn how to be a little concentration, persistence and faith in your ability to change
aware of and use it, in a similar way an artist must learn to your own mood by a positive effort of will. You have no doubt ex-
HE HUMAN AURA EXTENDS OUT AROUND THE dIstinguish with his physical eyes between one perienced difficulty in getting up in the morning. What is
from three to four feet, even from five to shade of color and another and between the ___---_~ the remedy for this? Flood your aura with red, of i
dimensions in a painting. The mystic learns course. A nice, bright red. It doesn't take much ef-
six feet in the case of more evolved souls. It is how to use his already developed sixth fort to visualize the color red. You will know
made up of a variety of vibratory rates or colors. sense, his third eye. It is used all the that you have succeeded when all of a sudden
time, constantly, day in and day out, your physical vitality awakens and you feel
Each area of the mind that awareness flows though not consciously. For example, invigorated and ready to jump up for a
through reflects a change in these vibratory rates of someone may walk into your home. wonderful day. All of us at one time or
You look at them and say, "You are another experience mental laziness.
colors in the human aura. When you have developed not feelling very well today. You seem What is the remedy? Simply flood your
a certain psychic sight, by seeing through the eyes of disturbed." How do you know? In- aura with yellow by visualizing yellow
side yourself you are seeing their light all around you, and soon you will
the soul, you will be able to look at a person, see the aura. If they enter looking bright and be drawn into the thinking area of the
aura around him and know immediately the area of shiny, you know how they feel inside mind and be able to progressively pur-
because you see their aura. sue your studies. Visualizing orange
the instinctive, intellectual or superconscious mind Some people are born with psychic strengthens your intellectual aggressive-
he is aware in at that particular time. sight and maintain it throughout their ness because red is added to the yellow.
lifetime. As this faculty was developed If your child is crying uncontrollably
For instance, if someone's awareness was flowing through the realms in a prior birth, the wisdom and un- and you can't get to sleep, what color would
of depression, that is, the area within the vast mind substance that derstanding of its proper use comes you bless him with? Would you get angry and
contains the vibratory rate of depression, his aura would look rather naturally to them. But more commonly, yell, "Why don't you go to sleep! I told you,
gray, dim and dismal. If he was aware in the feeling of a beautiful love psychic sight develops slowly, almost im- you're disturbing your father!" Flashes of red? The
for all humanity, his aura would look light blue, fringed and tinged perceptively, through an unbroken continu- child would be terrified. No, you would harmonize the
With yellow. However, if his love for humanity was of a superficial, ity of sadhana. Through the unveiling grace of child's emotions with shades of blue and pale green. Beating,
emotional nature, being more idle talk and emotion than sub-super- Lord Siva we are allowed to see what needs to be seen at berating and insulting of children does permanent damage to their
conscious compassion, his aura would be pink or reddish, telling you the proper time in our life when we can sustain the resul- aura. C. W. Leadbeater described one case of a child tormented by
there was still a lot of instinctive fire, and should an upsetting cir- tant reactions. Generally, if you do have this awakened in- a teacher. "The child's aura changed and twisted about horribly, and
cumstance occur, he could easily forget about universal love and be- ner perception of auras, you would only notice someone's when it was still again, all the beautiful little shoots of lovely color
come quite angry. Then the pink would turn to flaming red streaked aura if it were peculiarly dull or strongly radiant. A mystic had disappeared, and in their place were innumerable little scars,
with black. After this, if he were to feel remorseful about the emo- II: who has control of this faculty does not generally see auras harm done which could not be cancelled in the present life." The
tional upheaval, the aura would turn to dark blue, and you could ~ all of the time, but just when he wants to. colors of deep red, representing suppressed anger, and the grays and
hardly see his face for the deep blue mist that would form around his ..; AlUric cleansing: You as a devotee have often gone to the black of fear and hatred would now permanently predominate.
body. If awareness was flowing through the area of the mind of infe- II: temple with your problems and placed them at the feet of the You can familiarize yourself with the individual physical, mental
riority and jealousy, the aura would be dark grayish-green in color. ~ Deity. In the unseen world of the Devaloka what actually hap- and spiritual effect of each color by simply looking at one color af-
Someone with healing inclinations would have a pale green aura. A 2- pens is that the Deity and His many devas work with your prob- ter another and experiencing the results. Each color and the emo-
student increasing his intellectual knowledge would have an aura of lems by working with your aura, most especially the inner aura, by tions it reflects are like two sides of the same coin. Learn them so
brilliant yellow. The combinations are almost endless. A depiction by contemporary clairooyant Barbara Brennan of the disintegrating or clearing up any congestion they find. From the in- well that the thought of one immediately brings the idea of the oth-
Several colors often appear in the aura at the same time. For ex- astral or emotional body's moving energy fields of myriad colors. ner sanctum, they lighten the darker colors, which were created by er. For example, how do you feel when you enter a room that is
ample, the red of suppressed desire and seething anger might ap- traveling through troubled states of mind, infusing them with rays painted blue? White? Yellow? Place before you a piece of paper of
pear along with the yellow of intellectual involvement. This person's the brilliancy of subsuperconscious realms. His aura will take on of white and violet light. We rarely see this happening, but we can the color you wish to visualize. Look at the paper and then close
head would be surrounded in yellow, and the lower part of his body shades of light blue and light yellow interlaced with white. Then as certainly feel it, and we depart the temple feeling relieved and freed your eyes and try to see the exact same color in your mind. Then
streaked in red. Even a touch of very dark green might appear, he moves into superconsciousness, rays of light from the central from congestion and worry. open your eyes and look at the paper again and, with eyes still open,
showing that jealousy caused his anger. A devotee sitting in medita- source of energy will begin to emerge from the core of his spine and You can also flood your aura with rays of white and violet light, turn your head away from the paper and try to see the color in your
tion, diligently working within himself, will in the course of half an flood out through his aura and penetrate the atmosphere of the just like the Deities and devas do. If you are in a negative mood be- conscious mind. Literally fill your mind with the color of the paper.
hour change the colors of his aura from three to four to five times, room. You feel his presence as darshan. The sub of the subconscious cause of having just become angry with somebody because you After you have accomplished this exercise with one color, repeat it
as he moves his awareness from the instinctive-intellectual areas into mind, the home of deep-seated, often emotionally charged impres- were jeallous of them, there is a remedy that you can perform for with another, then another and then another.

Protecting your aura: Each color has its own special protective come angry with someone, they are actually cursing you astrally, or
qualities, which can be chosen to counteract or balance out the par- you them. This is because powerful vibrations of red and black,
AModern ticular vibrations you are or will be experiencing. Let's take the ex-
ample of protecting yourself from the auric emanations of persons
grays and. muddy, brownish greens are being sent from one person to
another. Truly, this hurts, and bad karma is made.
The Occult
Psychic's Hands who are ill, a condition you will encounter if you visit a hospital. You
can easily counteract this influence by flooding your aura with col-
Our holy scriptures tell us that we must purify our intellects. That World of C.W.
means that we must lighten up the colors that are within our sub-
of Light ors of health and physical strength. This will not only protect you, conscious and sub of the subconscious mind. When the intellect is Leadbeater
but it will also improve the condition of those around you. How do finally purified, the outer aura shows many pastel colors in and
S A CHILD, BARBARA you do this? Become aware of your spine and visualize a stream of through it. The permanent, inner aura will be filled with beautiful . N HIS BOOK MAN VISIBLE
Brennan would prac- white light in its center, from the base to the top of your head. Then patterns of golden yellow, blue and lavender. But once the intellect and Invisible, published in
tice walking blindfold mentally draw from this pure white light warm red and vibrant is purified, good mental maintenance must occur daily so that con- 1925, the great psychic
in the woods of her pink. As a healing power, visualize pale green surrounding the pa- gested areas are not recreated out of habit. This is the great value of and theosophist, C. W
family's Wisconsin farm. "I tient, a color many modern hospitals have adopted to invoke healing. a regulated religious life and daily sadhana. Leadbeater, illustrated and
would feel the trees long be- To increase your vitality even more, visualize yourself effortlessly To keep the colors of our subconscious and sub-subconscious re- explained at length his pro-
fore I could touch them," she performing some strenuous physical or athletic feat, and you will fined, our religion tells us to go on a long pilgrimage once a year. found experience of the hu-
recalls. "They were larger soon feel the energy rising within you. This melllS we take our inner aura that has been building up man aura. His was not a new
than they appeared to the Bright oranges and yellows will bring a new energy which will en- through the year and place it at the feet of the Deity at some far-off discovery But in the past
visible eye." She learned to Barbara Brennan's psychic hance your intellect and protect you from being overpowered by the temple. While on the pilgrimage, we are able to collect all its colors, such psychic revelations, C. W Leadbeater
see this energy field, as well sense assists her in healings intellectual force of someone else. This is also a way to help over- emotions and deep feelings and leave them, along with our offering which have been experienced
as that around small animals. coming shyness. Surrounded by a vibrant aura, charged with bright of fruit and flowers, at the God's holy feet to be disintegrated by by individuals of all religions, gate and verify the worlds
Later in life she earned a c. W Leadbeater, which con- orange and yellow, you are a secure and confident individual, able Him. To keep the colors of our subconscious and sub-subconscious were kept secret, passed pri- beyond the physical plane.
master's degree in atmospher- firmed her experiences. to enter into discussion with a new self-assurance. The vibrations of refined, our religion tells us to read scriptures daily because their vately from guru to diSciple. "I am perfectly aware that
ic physics and then worked Her clairvoyant ability to others tend to rebound from your aura. You are relaxed and friend- high-minded thoughts and concepts bring purple, lavender, pink Leadbeater and his fellow the world at large is not yet
for NASA for a number of see auras helped her counsel- ly, and intelligence pours forth uninhibitedly from you. and yellow into our aura. theosophists, Annie Besant convinced of the existence of
years. Unsatisfied, she trained ing work immensely, for she The colors used to harmonize and protect the emotional nature To keep the colors of our subconscious and sub-subconscious re- and Madam Blavatsky, had this power of clairvoyant
as a counselor and started was able to diagnose physical, are light blue and violet. By flooding your aura with beautiful sky fined, our religion tells us to perform puja daily to personally invoke advanced clairvoyant abilities, sight," wrote Leadbeater. "But
helping people. Her forgotten emotional, mental and spiri- blue and vivid violet, you quiet your own lower emotions and feel- the higher beings in the Devaloka at our own home shrine and ob- and were among the fIrst to I also know that all who have
ability to see energy fields tual difficulties just by ob- ings and become impervious to the negative feelings and moods of tain their blessings. It may interest you to know that such blessings put in writing and attempt to really studied the question
returned. '1 became skeptical serving the aura of her those around you. With the advent of these colors, your individual lighten not only the aura of each one in the household but also the illustrate the human aura, the have found the evidence for it
and confused. Were they patients. Especially she could awareness is transported into the more refined, uplifting realms of physical building itself To keep the colors of our subconscious and chakras and thought forms. irresistible. To those who are
really there? Did they have see how a person's disease the superconscious mind. Always remember that by flooding your sub-subconscious refined, our religion tells us to provide the essen- At about the same time, Swa- daily in the habit of exercis-
meaning? Was it wishful was actually caused by emo- aura with bright sky-blue and lavender you are automatically build- tial sacraments in life for the children so that the permanent im- mi Panchadasi of India came ing this higher vision in a
thinking, or was I experienc- tional and mental blocks. ing an armor to protect yourself from their lower feelings and pas- pressions of these special combinations of color and sound are to America and published in hundred different ways, the
ing another dimension of Some of what she has seen is sions, such as anger, jealousy, hatred and lust. So, now make a study placed into the inner aura of the sub-subconscious mind and added 1912 The Human Aura, an denial of the majority that
reality that had meaning, was depicted in the paintings of bright, clear blues and violets and select the ones that appeal to to the ones that are already there from previous impressions. equally profound exposition. such sight is possible natural-
orderly and was very helpful below. As with other clairvoy- you the most. Intuitively you will know which shades are best for E XCERPTED F ROM M E RGING WITH SIVA Leadbeater sought not to ly seems ridiculous. It is as if
in understanding my present ants, who can always be you. Beautiful shades of blue and violets will always be found in the By SATGURU SIVAYA S UBRAM UNIYASWAMI establish a new religion. Ra- a blind man came up to us
life circumstances and, in found among the general auras of successful teachers, missionaries, social workers and those ther, he wrote, he wanted to and assured us there was no
fact, life as a whole." She per- population, she teaches that who work among those of lesser emotional and mental refinement Fro·m · C~w:·Leaiiiie·aierjs ·pe·rcePtiiiii·s;·i·T~· ~~;~·~f~· ~~ti~~;;i· ····· · awaken "the inner faculties as such thing as ordinary physi-
severed and sought out the anyone can develop the abili- than their own. When someone becomes angry at you, or you be- person, with the lower portions betraying selfishness. 2. A wave of yet latent in the majority of cal sight, and that we were
esoteric literature, such as ty; indeed, everyone already "strong and perfectly pure affection sweeping over a person. »
mankind" so that each person
B~~~; · T~·h~~~ ·~~;~·~ ·~~ri~~~~d· bY ·~~~t~p~;~;;Y ·d~i~~Y~ · deluded in supposing that we
that of the great theosophist, possesses it to some extent. J. Intense anger. 4. A person "in love.» Lust and j ealousy show in could independently investi- possessed this faculty"
ant Barbara Ann Brennan in her counseling and healing work. the lower half, affection and devotion in the upper areas.

Normal aura Pregnant woman Musician performing Child playing

Strong feelings Anger turned inward Anger expressed Result of cocaine use

Dramatic decli
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Punjab and Ha
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What's the Deal About a Cr 1 MAY , 1 9 98 HIN D U I SM


and are about an inch square. On the 4,200 so far recov-
ere(a there are 400 different signs with the average text just
five signs long. Many have numbers on the sides or back
leading Jha and Rajaram to believe them a kind of library in~

ptic Seal?
ex cru:d system. The image and words, they sugges!
Collaborators: (above) Dr: N.' bbreVlated statement of subject which then require
Jha of West Bengal, a school c:J ive verbal explanation or bhasya- the same style fo
principal and Sanskrit scholar, • .J
o ter Sanskrit literature. Below are Jhas proposed rel
skillfully deciphered the Indus '"
< ;;anskrit transliteration and English translation for
script. Dr: N. Rajaram (left), a . '"

mathematician, linguist and en- "<

gineer in the field of artifiCial in- "'o
telligence and robotics, verified
and publicized J~a's work. ...'"
inah suretiih vapvagha volJ,ha
"< "Ish~ara, who~e creative "Indra as Lord of Waters
'" force fills the universe" who washes away sins"

Cracking the Indus Valley Code J

area in 1500 BeE py an invasion of Aryans that there was some rt.:
from the north and west. They therefore as- the Indus script and the
sumed the script to be an ancient form of a of Brahmi, the predeces
Two bold researchers say th~ ancient seals have surrendered their secrets Dravidian language, perhaps Tamil. All at- Devanagiri script. In an ~
tempts to provide a Dravidian interpretation relation, Jha compared a
Isadyattal). maral). arka sruti
for the script have failed. But in the last ten from all languages and I
"Ishvara who controls "prayer for the SI
years, a strong minority of scholars and oth- dance of siInilar charactl
HAVE WORKED WFrH OUTSTANDING ings. After ' a careful examination of his ed in the Indian press in November, 1997, forces of destruction"
ers have challengea the Aryan Invasion the- found that letters of m
scientists at NASA, including Nobel work, the American Vedic scholar Vamade: but most scholars have yet to even hear of it, ory as wrong and proposed that the people scripts were related to I n ' - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -....!
laureates," Dr. N.S. Rajaram told HIN- va Shastri (David Frawley) and N.S. Ra- much less study Jhas, book. of the Indus Valley are the ancestors of peo- By,painstaking cross-nationship
. between ly hit upon the'meaning of ir
DUISM TODAY. "Never have I met a ge- jaram, both experts in the Indus civilization, Is it reasonable that an unknown scholar ple irho live in India today. Accepting this
nius like Dr., Natwar Jha. His com- believe his reading to be substantially cor- working in a rural part o.,f West Bengal could - - - - - - - - -.. .,Iflost ancient forms boIs, and found words from tb
point of view, Jha proceeded on the as-
mand of l'1u1guage and ability to rect. By applying Jhas method~ they found make such a breakthrough? At least two of to the Sanskrit the seals. After several hundrl
sumption the seals were in an ancient form
correlate details is astounding." Jha's prodi- they could independently read a large num- the great decipherments of history-Egypt- of Sanskrit. OIIOI!1~1a~:J-?g feat of cor- rived at a relatively consist
gious abilities may well earn him a coveted ber of seals. The breakthrough was report- ian hieroglyphics and MinoaI} "Linear B" . characters translation that anyone can a
Jha decided to search for Vedic words on
pla~e in history as the man who script-were cracked by outside the seals. In this he was helped .by an an- job is to verify and refine his
firtally deciphered the confound- amateurs. Thomas Young, a bril- cient work known as the Nighantu. It is a With Dr. N.S. Rajar
ing script of the Indus Valley civ- liant English doctor and physi- glossar~ of Sanskrit words compiled by the
ilization. The remains of that civ-
ilization wer:e discovered by
Alphabetic Parallels cist, deciphered hieroglyphics
on the famed Rosetta Stone in
sage Yaska. Jha also found that the "Shanti
Parva" of the Mahabharata (the ancient his- TEMPLE ROAD, BASAVANAGUDI. 1

British explorers in 1875 in what Indus sign:" Consonant "K" Equivalent signs In 1815. The Linear B script was tory of India) preserves an account of Yas-
is now Pakistan. Yet, much about other languages: deciphered only in 1952 byJ he ka's search for older, "buried" glossaries-
the people who inhabited these Stages of Development: determined amateur Michael perhaps the seals-in compiling his own.
urban centers remains in the. dark + "k" In Brahml Ventris, a British architect. Out-
because the script they used, earllestl ~ + ..... )I "k" In Phoenician
, siders, in fact, have a decided
From this Jha concluded that some of the
seals must contain words found in Yaskas Stage 1: 7000-
specimens of which are available seals + N X X advantage over those logically Nighantu. This conclusion was critical, for it Beginnings of
on 4,000 small soapstone seals, ~ "k" In Hlmyarltlc more qualified for the work, for greatly narrowed what he was looking for. farming comrr
has long baffled scholars. to )I K " ~ they do not share the prejudices The Nighantu is a late Vedic work, dealing Stage 2: 4300-
Natwar Jha, a 58-year-olp Ve- latest ~ 'fI 41 "k" In Aramaic and misconceptions which may with the words of ancillary ~dic texts. The Developed far
dic scholar and paleographer have taken deep root among entire Rig Veda would already have been in pastoral coron:
[.rom West Bengal, may have One of Jha's decipherment strategies was to relate the Indus scholars. . existence for thousands of'years at the time ,.
1'ound the solution to the great script to other ancient scripts. Here the symbol (in several The first and biggest miscon- the seals were produced. ~ Stage 3: 3200-
o Agricultural SI
problem. In a slim volume of 60 forms) identified as 'X " is related to Brahmi (Sanskrit's pre- ception corrected by Jha con- It has long been known that there was a ...
pages titled' Vedic Glossary on Devanagari script), plus Phoenician, Himyaritic and Aramaic cerned who inhabited the Indus correspondence between the Indus 'script "
< SOcieties, urba
Indus Seals, Jha has provided (Chaldean)-all Semitic languages of the Middle East. This Valley. Most scholars believe it and characters iriother ancient scripts of the ~ Stage 4: 2600-
both the key to the ancient script means our English "K" dates back to the Indus Valley! was a Dravidian-speaking peo- Indian sub-continent and neighboring re- ~ The big leap. j
as well as a large number of read- ple who were driven out of the gions. Especially it had been demonstrated town planning
scripts emerge
32 lj:INDUISM TOElAY MAY , 1998 ". Stage 5: 2500-
Indus in full b
Sf:Iu(a 8: '2.000-
. chapter'on religion in The Earliest Civiliza-
ARCHAEOLOGY tion of South Asia deals extensively with fire
.. altars, built in such a way that the worship-

Fixing •
per can sit facing the east [an important
point for the fire altars described in the
Vedas-all allow the worshipper to f:ee east].

History On the date of the Vedas

The river Saraswati was a major river both
in the Vedas and in the Harappan civiliza-
tion, flowing from the Himalayan m6.untains
B. B. Lal's book buries to th¥ Bay of Bengal. [Long thought mythi-
cal, it was recently rediscover~d in the
the Aryan Invasion deserts of Rajasthan from satellite images].
The sites at Kalibangan were ruined around
myth by. exhuming 1900 BeE due to the drying up of Saraswati
India's true antiquity [caused by massive climatic changes and
shifts in the Earth's surface]' The Vedas
must date before that. Sanskrit probably ex-
HE OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF isted 2000 years before 1900 BeE [putting
" Professor Lal's book, <' says famed the origi'n of Sanskrit before 4000 BeE]. It
can easily take two millenniums for a lan-
historian Shiva G. Bajpai, "is that in
one volume you have the l1WSt compre- guage to originate and develop to the level of
hensive and up-to-date treatment of all versifying and compositions in meters.
the major archaeolggical sites of the Pointed penance: Steven Tan, one of many Chinese who joined the festival, ~ith spears
Indus-Saraswati civilization." Lal's book, On Natwar' Jha's Indus seal translations
The Earliest Civilization of South Asia, de- I have not evaluated his book [see page 32, CELEBRATION
lineates in 300 pages of readable text, as well in which Jha claims to have translated the

Malaysia~s Piercing Praxis

as abundant photographs of excavated sights seals,]. When it came out, my book was al-
and artifacts, an extensive and engaging ac- ready in print. But, I have devoted an entire
count of the Indus Valley Givilization's chro- chapter to the "Script and Language" in my
nology, ecof!omy, religion, socio-politioal book, and I have shown how the methodolo- '"
stratification, script as well as causes of de- gy of various scholars, the ones who are try- Ever-yone in the country joins in Tai Pusam
cline and legacy. HINDUISM TODAY corre- ing to read Sanskrit in it, and others who
spondent, Archana Dongre interviewed the want to read Proto-Dravidian in it, have gone
learned author'and seasoned archaeologist, wrong. The simple test is that there should FISH HOOKS EMBEDDED IN helped induce the trance, removed the
nqw 76, both in Los Angeles and in Delhi. be uniformity. Wliatevet value you give to a backs and spears piercing their skewers. Devotees claim to feel no pain and
symbol it-should be uniform throughout. hundreds of thousands of little blood comes out of the wounds. When
On the Aryan Invasion theory lVl'U'''fSl'''' Hindus marched toward a the hooks and spears are removed, the only
The Indus civilization came to a peak from .. On tHe nature of the script prehi toric cave today in an annual ritual of sign of the flagellation' is rednes~ and slight
2600 BeE to 1900 Br;E. Marauding Aryans The Harappan script is neither logographic, -penance. The festival known as Tai Pusaro bruising. "It is all faith and belief in God,"
[war-like tribes from central Asia, central to that is, comprised of pictures which corre- was brought to Malaysia in the 19th century said temple priest Krishna Vadyar.
an invasion theory long believed by Western sponded to words, nor alphabetic, that is by Indian immigrants who came to work on Before Tai Fusam, devotees fast for three
Indologists] can no longer be held responsi- comprised of letters which formed words. It rubber estates and in government offices. In to 48 days. During that time, they meditate
ble for the destruction of the Harappan civ- Indus Valley, the earli~st civiliza- may have been at some transitional stage be- Malaysia, the pilgrimage drew one million daily and avoid food and drink throughout
ilizat-ion. Perhaps climactic changes, envi- tion of South Asia, people from tween the logo graphic and the alphabetic, people today-devotees and camera-snap- the day. They avoid alcohol and foods, such
ronmental degradation and a steep fall in varied races and regions, even perhap~nearer the latter [a conclusion also ping onlookers alike-to a temple at the Batu as onions, believed to arouse sexual desire.
trade robbed the civilization of its affluence. outside of the continent. Skele- reached'by Jha]. Caves {Mst north of the capital, Kuala Only then, they say, are they prepared on the
tons -excavated indicate that, the LumRur. day itself to slip into a pain-defying trance.
On why the Aryan Invasion is stili taught population comprised Mediter- On his per'sonal religious beliefs Near the foothills of the temple, a penitent All around the temple,),endors sold tinsel,
No overnight change is possible for many raneans, Caucasoids, Armenoid:1, I do not believe in external rituals like ha- carried a 100-p0p?d kavadi up the 272 steps fresh flowers, fruit and religious itemS. The
teachers and scholars. Let them first realize Alpines, Australoids and Mon- vana (fire worship) or puja, but in the con- to the top. The kavadi, a metal frame cocoon- ground was littered with offerings to the
that there was no evidence of Aryan inva- goloids [meaning people from as stant search for the ultimate truth through ing the penitents body, is attached With hun- Gods, such as bananas and smashed co-
sion. Also let them understand that the ge- far away as China and Europe one's own experience, swanubhava. I was dreds of thin hooks and steel shafts. An esti- conuts. The air was scented by jasmine and
ography of the Rig Veda coincide:s with that were living in Indus Valley r. initiated many years ago by Gurudeva R. D. mated 9,000 people carried it at the festival. rose, and contemporary Tamil movie sound-
of Harappan civilization. The equation of Ranade, wno was a professor of philosophy A stream.....of trance-induced devotees fol- tracks blared on speakE7s.
Harappans being Dravidians [that is, the On yajna fire worship , and later vice chancellor of the Allahabad lowed the path up the temple steps today to Some of this year's pilgrims said they were
present residents of South India who speak Fire altars [which figure promi- University. I also believe in ~editation and -pay homage to their deity, Lord Muruga. praying for fertility, fl good harvest, a pass-
Tamil, Telugu and related Dravidian lan- nently in the ancient Vedic texts] yoga. Meditation and yoga practices enable Their foteheads, tongues and cheeks were ing grade on school examinations. Others
guages] does not exist. Max MulJer's theory have been found in Banawali, one tg have a tensionless,'quiet mind. The pierced with spears,. some as wide as travel from near and far just to watch. An-
tHat the Harappans were driven away to the Saraswati River: This false-color satellite photo shows Lothal and Kalibangan cities of mental energy is conserved. I believe in un- broomstick handles. Everywhere, bal5. men drew Kaminski of Britain described the fes-
south by marauding Aryans does not hold the missing five-mile-wide river-now dry the Indus Valley. They are found conditional, complete surrender to the God's smeared in holy ash and saffron powder and tival as "quite gruesome but compelling." 'At
true, also because we do not have a single in houses and also in public wish. Then you are free from problems._ women' draped in orange saris 'chanted first I thought I saw a man walking on stilts,"
Harappan site in South India, south of the On who lived in Indus Valley I places. In Kalibangan, a [0W of seven fire al- PROF. B.B. L~F-7 HAUZ KHAS ENCLAVE, NEW DELHI
"Murugg, Muruga" amid the sweltering Kaminski said. "But when he got closer I
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Turmeric is alow-cost cure for what ails you Western researchers are rediscovering
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blessing at this point becomes a ourse later
in lif~. We must encclurage and inspire our
age-abating antioxidant, digestive enhancer, girls to become like Rhani, the noble
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and anti-cancerous. More uses are being Madhuri Dixit. I feel the mother is to be
discovered as researchers experiment with blamed for this. Mother is the first guru of
curcuminoids, turmeric's active chemical in- the child and can transform her completely.
gredient. '
Two eager researcRers were so enamored On her message to youtlf'
with the spice that they applied for and re- have the capacity to get things done.
ceived in 1995 an exclusive US patent for its You can realize your golden dreams. Wher-
use on wounds. Thanks to a protest by the • ever you go, in whatever sphere you work,
Indian government's Council for Scientific Lioness of Hindu dharma: Shakuntala Arya's strong religiOUS will vitalizes her role as rrwyor you can bring about a revolution, because
and Industrial Research, the 'patent was your blood is hot, your youth is full 'of en-
thrown out last August on the grounds of WOMEN OF VISION iliusiasm. Youth must pledge to not give or I
"prior art" or existing public knowledge. take dowry. The girl must also say she will
Haridra in Sanskrit, Curcuma longa
botanically, turmeric is a small plant closely
related to ginger. Its bright yellow, ginger-
.duJ~ling_ Spir.i t " Politics not marry someone who is interested in
dowry. Secondly, youth must always keep
the religious viewpoint. When I visit other
like roots are ground into a paste or powder. countries, I tell Hindu youth to never forget
It is used in cuisines as varied as Indian and
Delhis mayor finds strength in daily ritual worship their Indian culture and Hindu roots. Re-
Italian. The plant is sacred to Hindus, in- member that ultimately it is our Indian cul-
digenous to India and an essential part of its ture which will see us through life. Run-
society. In temples, turmeric water is used ROM A DISTANCE, SHAKUNTALA ARYA, while those whose doors are closed and ning after Western culture will not take us
daily in ritual ablution of the Deities. The 69, looks like an ordinary PUnJabi faces covered with blankets are deprived anywhere. It is like the deer who looks for
powder mixed with unpolished rice is an , housewife, not at all like the rrwyor of of it. I work on writing books for awhile, the good smell outside himself, whereas it
important offering during puja. _I Delhi-the world's twenty-first largest perform 2Q yoga postures, yagna and only is corning from his own stomach. Today
Kumkurrw (literally "red-red"), that dis- city. The Bharatiya Janata Party tapped then take 19reakfast. After breakfast, my Westerners come to India with much inter-
tinctive for~head mark of pious Hindus, is o her for the post bi1$ed on her years of politi- time belongs completely to the ·people. est, as they are .fed up with materialism.
turmeric turned red by mixing with lime. It cal in.,volvement, even though she had never
is common practice among women to apply actually held office. Deeply religiOUS and On her role as mayor On systems of family
turmeric paste before ~ bath to cleanse and hardworking, Mrs. Arya is hailed as an en- My first priority is to attend religious func- I prefer the joint family system. Grandpar-
revitalize the skin. At home, turmeric is ergetic fOl-ce-her first mission was to clean tions, then political. Even while performing ents living in the home witl shower the
used in many recipes fQ[ flavor and as a up Delhi's streets, possi~ly the world's most mayoral duties, I never miss daily fire wor- grandchildren with love and affection, fa-
preservative in making pickles. intimidating piece ofhoosekeeping. To see ship, whether traveling on the train or miliarize them with our ancient, rich cul-
"E. Coli or Salmonella bacteria don't stand what rrwkes this unique leader tick, w e/sent abroad. One time while in another country, ture, and look after their health and char-
a chance against even a pinch of,turmeric," our HINDUISM TODAY correspondent, in the hotel I performed yagna, and due to acter, all of which will lead to better
says Dr. Sodhi. At his clinic in Bellevue, Rajiv Mqlik, to interview her in Delhi. the smoke, sireI!s started wailing. It was a development of the children. When both
Washington, he liberally prescribes turmer- panic! The hotel staff ran in. I explained .the parents are working, they cannot give
ic to treat a kaleidoscope of problems, from On family religious upbringing everything to them, I pointed to the vessel due time and attention to the kids.
Iheartburn, liver and kidney disorders to My father belonged to the army, but de- in which yagna is performed, which is part
surgical trauma~ not to mention arthritis, "It spite this he never wavered from dharma. of my travel kit, and from which the smoke On Indian women .
iS,my favorite herb. The only other herb that We all arose at 4AM:-even the two-year was emanating. The staff left smiling. Indiqn women are sacrifice and penance
comes close to turmerics wide reaching C'l: old. After arising, our whole family per- personified. Their shyness is accepted as a
pabilities is ginger. Also, there are no side formed hatha yoga postures, then partici- On corruption virtue the world over. They are deeply ryli-
effects." A medicinal dose is a teaspoon a o pated in yagna, ritual fire worship. Without Those of us who talk of removing corrup- gious. And they keep away from sinful ac-
day with e~ch meal. A
. yagn'a and a baili, no breakfast was al- ., tion from public life must first r~move it tions. They make many sacrifices for their
More research on turmeric's power is un- lowed. Father took us to Arya SamaJ:reli- from our own life. We must see whe(e we children, husband and society.
derway, including its effect on cancer. Dr. gious gatherings, and to meetings ad- personally stand in this matter. For in-
Spice seller: Newar vendor with bags of turmeric in a Kathrrwndu, Nepal, rrwrketplace
Sodhi said a study in India linked the low dressed by prominent saints. Listening was stance, we five people who are present [for On Hinduism
from my bike on a downhill trail, I badly rate of cancer among Indians to their use of not enough-after returning home my fa- this interview1must today pledge to never Someone who believes in God is as much a
HINK "NATURAL HEALING," AND YOU ther had us repeat it in writing. ' accept or give bribes. Even not offering Hindu as someone who doesn't. Hinduism
scraped my skin from elbow to shoulder. I turmeric. He recommends that turmeric be
likely conju;e an image 'of rare herbal bribes is a brave move in todays times. is s6 liberal. But I treat only that individual
applied turmeric and ghee paste to the used raw to treat ailments. If cooked or
extracts with exotic names. But don't Un- On hffi' daily morning schedule as a Hindu who loves his own culture, who
wound, and it healed completely in ten days. heated, it looses its effectiveness.
derestimate the curative powers of com- The US$3 per pound kitchen spice is just I still arise at 4AM, the Brahma Muhurta On abuse of women and children loves ffirery particle of the earth to which
mon spices. Case in point: turmeric. Just I don't even have a scar to show from it."
as effective as the far more costly 500 mil- period. The Rig Veda says that prana Before becoming mayor, I was president of he belongs, where he was born. He'IIlust
consider the uhassuming yellow root's magi- Turmeric is gaining ground in the Ameri-
ligram tablets (at $90 a pound) or the even vayu-the vital, life-giving energy of the a body for th~ struggle of women's rights. treat all the rivers of iliis country, Ganga,
cal effect on wounds. Ayurvedic doctor can health' market. An ad from the Indiana
more expensive standardized extracts of air-flows at this time. Those who inhale In many cases we found that the wife her- Yamuna and Saraswati, as his moiliers. He
Virendra Sodhi told HINDUISM TODAY: "I had Botanic Gardens hypes, "Joint pain? Try for
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to postulate an infectious cause. Immune Three more conditions were recently
HEALING systems of patients are depressed by pro- added to the AIDS category: cervical carci-
longecl.;and chronic use of street drugs. noma, recurrent pneumonia' and tuberculo-
Dietary deficiency further depress~s the

AI DS: The epidemic

sis. These three occurred for many years
immune system. Sex-stimulating drugs,and before the AIDS controversy and seem to
anal sex add to it. Eventually a patient has have nothing in common with the otner
typical Il).arkers of AIDS-weight loss, de- diseases, except to raise statistics. All of
. pression, dementia, fever and other oppor-

That May Not Be

this causes a UN rep'ort of "30 million in-
tunistic i~fections-because the immune fections" to be very misleading.
system is so weakened that it cannot recov- The World Health Organization and
er from these assaults. He may easily test others have entirely different criteria. The
positive for HIV for any of these reasons, WHO does not require any HIV positivity
Unconventional sexual activity, harmful drugs' not because he has contracted "HIV." Once
he is given immunosuppressive prescription
to diagnose AIDS. Wasting of the body and
presence of dementia (mental deteriora-
and toxi~ remedies can explain this disease drugs as therapy and the vicious cycle of
immunosuppression is started, it continues
tion) are far more important. It seems there
is a different political agElnda for each defi-
until there is real and very serious illness, nit.lon as given by various organizations.
BY, DEVANANDA TANDAVAN, M.D . which is .then called AIDS. Estimates of HIV/ AIDS patients in India
Common criteria of inflanlIDatory dis- and Africa are large. AIDS in Africa fol-
ECEMBER 1,1997, spite the fact its correlation ease are not present in AIDS; researchers lows different diagnostic rules and probably
marked World AIDS' with Kaposi's Sarcoma has increasingly accept the idea that AIDS is has nothing to do with bIIV: Because of
Day. A United Nations been known for years. Doctors not an infection. Transmission is unlike any differences in lifestyle, there are different ;'
agency gravely an- must be skillful in recording a infection known. Support for this comes risk factors for those nations. It is difficult
nounced that AIDS has patient's history, for the patient from studies of pregnant women. Infants to test correctly in these areas, except in
struck the world much harder often lies about drugs and sex are born with AIDS symptoms if the moth>- larger medical centers. Statistics are also
than previously thought-30 mil- habits-causing the doctor to er is a chronic drug user and HIV - , but suspect because of indiscriminate use of
lion people are 'now infected miss obvious correlations be- with no sy mptoms if she is not a chronic the terms HIV and AIDS. Doctors do not
with f,UV: For the last two tween their physical condition drug user even .though she is HIV+. That hesitate to guess the number of people
months we have explored the and their lifestyle. means drug use is the cause of the child's with disease. Most of these '/\IDS" patients
position of a minority of doctors Anal sex does not cause AIDS symptoms, not an infectious agent. are ill because of starvation.
and medical researchers who believe AIDS AIDS, as some claim. But it does cause Other questions: Aside from issues of Treatment and prevention: Alternative
is not an epi<~emic in the traditional sense. immune suppression, in two ways: by the definition, transmission, etc., is the value of treatment shows good results in the small
We have explained that no one has proven act itself and by absorption of semen and the "viral load" test to "monitor" progress of number of heroic patients who have used
scientifically that HIV causes MDS, that sperm trat is deposited in the rectum. One a patient's disease. By manipulating a pa- it. Herbals, homeopathic remedies, mas-
the common HIV test can yield positive of the rectum's natural functions is to ab- tient's blood sample, doctors look for cells sage, supplemented nutrition, acupuncture
results for many conditions completely sorb fluids from the bowel, and this is one or fragments that are assumed fo be part of and reasonable exercise are combined ac-
unrelated to AIDS and that the potent toxic way abnormal·proteins infiltrate the blood the HIV virus. When found, these are cording to the patient's needs. As the im-
drugs, such as AZT, used to treat HIV +, are stream, leading to immune suppression. magnified, again by manipulation, to give a mune system is stimulated, improvement
alone quite capable of killing a patient. Fluids flow just the opposite in vaginal number supposedly corresponding to the occurs gradually; as long as all use of toxic
This month we complete our appraisal of insemination-foreign protein is not ab- total virus present in the body. There are and street drugs is stopped. Recently news-
this point of view with a discussion of the sorbed, .but either moved up and into the many deficiencies in the test as discussed papers reported that AIDS deaths are de-
various risk factors which can cause a uterus or down and out of the body. Also, in Reappraising AIDS, edited by Paul creasing, attributed to new mugs. There is
breakdown of the immune system, and rough sex can damage rectum membranes Philpott. His conclusion is that the vfral no real assessment of the "cocktail" drugs
with further aspects of AIDS statistics, so that direct entry into the blood is possi- load test has not been properly standard- at this time. These cocktails still contain
transmission and treatment. ble by fluids. At the same time ized, hence wor~hless as an aid to therapy. the AZT-type DNA terminators and' pro-
Risks: After years of study, researchers many, if not most, of these encounters are Published numbers for AIDS are confus- .tease inhibitors; both are highly toxic.
still find that AIDS is predominantly a associated with jmmunosuppressing pop- ing. The United Nations generates consoli- Louis Pasteur was a major figure in med-
male homosexual disease. The only females pers. This helps explain why heterosexual dated figures, but agencies report to the UN icine's germ theory. He said, "Terrain is
shown to have t~e disease were intravenous " transmission of the disease is uncommon differently-some report only HIV+ cases, more important than the germ." In other •
drug users (including probable use of amyl (unless anal sex is used). The HIV status of others report HIV + and full AIDS. A few words, if the body's immune system is de-
or butyl nitrate-"poppers," a powerful people using anal sex seems to be equally report only full blown AIDS cases. Then pressed, almost any germ, regardless of
stimulant) or recipients of anal sex. Kaposi's divided between positive and negative, and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) potency, may cause illness. A good example
Sarcoma (a cancer associated p,rith AIDS) no predictions can be made as to the level HIV+ and half testing HIV-. They report- often with dried blood upon therp.. These uses cumulative statistics, meaning the total of this is that the tubercle bacillus is every-
uhtil recently was solely a male condition. of increased immunosuppre~sion. ed, "Nowhere have we been able to find drugs cause a marked depression of the. number of people with AIDS ea,ch year are where in our environment, yet few of us
It now appears in females, and "Zhen accu- Other risk factors for developing AIDS any evidence whatsoever that transfusion immune system-the greater and lo~ger the added to the totals for all previous y~s­ contract tuberculosis. If we choose a
rate histori.'es are obtained, the females are are use of street drugs and some prescrip- of HIV ever caused any disease." use, the more depression. It was shown in ignoring the fact that the same person may lifestyle of good nutrition, moderate exer-
shown to be either intravenous drug users, tion drugs; intravenous use of street drugs Many legal and illegal drugs can suppress' 1908 by Terry and Pellens that long habitu- be counted in more than one year. cise and sensible sexual life, avoiding street
sleeping and sharing needles with intra- and sharing of needles; recipients of blood the immune system, including cocaine, ated users of "recreational" drugs develop A further complication is that the CDC drugs, and are wary of toxic prescribed
venous drug users, or having anal sex. transfusion (possibly for hemophiliacs); or nitrite inhalants, amphetamines, barbitu- AIDS-like symptoms of weight Idss, demen- frequently changes definitions. In 1981 drugs, we shall not need to fear AIDS.
There is a strong correlation between use other methods of getting a foreign protein rates, ethyl chloride inhalers, phenylcycli- tia, fevers, mouth infections, endocarditis only 12 diseases qualified as AIDS, with no •
of'poppers and Kaposi's Sarcom'il. It is seen into the blood stream. Starvation or malnu- dine, heroin, marijuana and medically and pneumonias. This was long befdre HIV mention of HIV positivity or CD-T 4 cell DR. TANDAVAN, 78, retired nuclearp hysi-
in persons who test both positive and nega- trition often cause immunosuppression. pre-scribed drugs of the DNA terminator was found or the term AIDS used. counts. In 1985 seven more diseases were cian and hospital staff president, lives in
tive for HIV: Poppers heighten the sexual Testing positive for HIV is not one of type which are toxic and designed to kill We must conclude that the condition added, plus a requirement of being HIV+. Chicago, where he specializes in alternative
experience and relax the anal sphincter- these risk Factors. Ward, et al, (1989) stud- cells. The hazard of these drugs is called AIDS may be explained directly by In 1993 four more diseases were added, healing arts. Visit his home page at the
this being a strong reason for its use, de- ied a group of paired patients, half testing increased by frequent sharing of needles, the individual's lifestyle. There is no need with a further stipulation on CD-T 4 count. HINDUISM TODAY w ebsite.


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birth, Sri Karunamayi has been revered as an incarnation of the Divine Mother, Sarasvati, with all its hazar€l.ous side-effects to be . who assembled in Mumbai's Mahalakshmi how respect for different cultural values
about as far from" 'organic" as one can get. Race c'o.urse. Laughter Club International, and faiths could be incorporated into devel-
Goddess of Knowledge, Music and the Arts. On behalf of humanity, She meditated in a remote forest for which organized the event, said the partici- opment programs.
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