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Digest #4860
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Sri Satya Sai Baba by p_gopi_krishna
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Health by p_gopi_krishna
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita by p_gopi_krishna

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Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:37 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Life itself is like a limited company. All actions in it should be governed by the limits applicable to each of them. When desires are controlled, genuine happiness is experienced. Even in practising charity, limits should be observed. Your gifts should not exceed your financial capacity. Nor should they be below your capacity. If you exceed your limits, you will face financial problems later. If you are stingy, you will be withholding from those in need, what is due to them. Always remember, charity should not be limited to money alone and charity should not be indiscriminate. You must share your physical, mental and spiritual resources with those in need in your community, appropriately. Help spontaneously, according to the needs of the situation. The hungry must be fed and, clothes and relief must be given to the needy. It is through such sharing and sacrifice that the awareness of the Spirit (Atma jnana) is achieved.

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:39 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

9 Health Benefits Of Buttermilk (Chaas)!

Did you know that chaas is catagorised as a sattvic food in Ayurveda? The next time you get acidity after eating a heavy or spicy meal, drink a glass of chaas instead of popping an antacid. This yoghurt-based drink is both delicious and healthy, making it the perfect accompaniment to your meals. It's also a great way to cool off when the heat is unbearable!

Here are some of the amazing benefits of buttermilk (chaas).

1. Fights acidity.


If you tend to suffer from acid reflux after a meal, start including chaas in your diet. The yoghurt will cool your stomach and soothe any irritation, while the ginger and spices will help prevent the acidity.

2. Soothes the stomach after a spicy meal.
Spicy food irritates the stomach lining, but chaas can help soothe it. Milk and milk-based products are actually the best remedies for spice – they contain proteins that neutralise the spice and cool off your system.
3. Improves digestion.
The spices in chaas are excellent digestive aids that prevent indigestion and excessive burping. Yoghurt is loaded with probiotics, which encourage the growth of healthy gut flora. This will improve everything from your digestion to your immunity.

4. Boosts your calcium intake.


Adults require 1,000 – 1,200 mg of calcium per day, to maintain healthy bones and teeth. 1 cup of milk contains about 300 mg, while 1 cup of yoghurt contains about 420 mg of calcium. Adding just 1 cup of chaas to your daily diet can boost your calcium intake by 350 mg.

5. Washes down fats.
Do you know that feeling, when you've eaten so much that you think you're in a food coma? Drinking chaas after your meal will make you feel better, since it washes down the oil, butter and ghee that coat your oesophagus and stomach, making you feel much lighter.

6. Contains several other nutrients, apart from calcium.
Chaas is a good source of proteins, potassium and B vitamins. Each of the ingredients in chaas is extremely healthy, with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients boost immunity, improve sleep, enable hormone synthesis and much more.
7. Lowers cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and prevents cancer.


A study found that the milk fat molecules in buttermilk contain a unique bioactive protein that lowers cholesterol and has antiviral, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic properties. The same study found that drinking chaas every day can reduce blood pressure significantly.

8. Prevents dehydration.
Carry a bottle of chaas with you if you know you're going to be out in the heat, or have a chilled glass as soon as you get home. The combination of water, yoghurt, salt and spices will replenish your fluid and electrolyte levels instantly, helping you ward off dehydration.

9. Works for lactose-intolerant people.
Many people who are lactose intolerant are actually able to digest yoghurt without a problem. If you're lactose intolerant, drinking chaas is one way to make sure you get your calcium.

Masala chaas recipe

Ingredients

• 400 ml yoghurt
• 1 tsp black salt
• 1 tsp chaat masala
• 1/2 inch piece of ginger
• 2 green chillies, finely chopped
• A pinch asafoetida (hing)
• Salt to taste
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• A few curry leaves (kadi patta)
• 2 tbsp chopped coriander

Method
• Put the green chillies, coriander, ginger and 2-3 curry leaves in a mixer and blend them till they form a smooth paste.
• Add the yoghurt and blend using a hand blender, till smooth.
• Pour this mixture into a glass.
• Add the chaat masala, black salt, salt, lemon juice and asafoetida and mix well.
• Chill in the refrigerator.
• Garnish with one curry leaf and a few coriander leaves and serve.

Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:43 pm (PST) . Posted by:

p_gopi_krishna

Ritualists see hierarchy above equality, spiritualists see equality above hierarchy We cherish equality – we feel intuitively that no one should be discriminated against. Simultaneously, our hard-nosed, practical side cautions that some hierarchies are essential for the orderly conduct of things. For example, no one should be deprived of the right to drive, but drivers need to obey traffic cops if driving is not to be chaotic and dangerous.

On the spiritual path too, equality and hierarchy exist in a dynamic tension. Gita wisdom explains that spiritually we all are equal, for we are souls, who are parts of Krishna (15.07). We are all meant ultimately to rejoice in a life of eternal love with him. While we strive to attain love for him, we need an orderly society, which requires some functional hierarchy. In dharmic traditions, varnashrama provided a material hierarchy as a social foundation for progressing towards spiritual equality.
Every hierarchy is prone to abuse – and varnashrama is no exception. Because of the hunger for power of some privileged people, varnashrama degenerated into the terribly discriminatory caste system that made people's birth the defining decider of their life's trajectory. The Gita (04.13) itself strikes a cautionary note against such abuse, emphasizing that qualities and activities, not birth, are the determiners of one's social position.
Unfortunately, many practices that are meant for spiritual transformation become fossilized over time by ritualistic adherents. Such ritualists consider hierarchies to be the tradition's essence and deem non-conformity to those hierarchies an inexcusable deviation. Significantly however, the Gita conclusively urges us to go beyond mere ritual religiosity (18.66).
Stressing equality above hierarchy, the Gita (15.18) reveals the vision of the spiritually realized: they see everyone from the lowest social position to the highest as essentially equal. Resonating with contemporary concerns for social justice, the Gita invites us to a spirituality that is inclusive, attractive, effective.
Think it over:
How are equality and hierarchy both important? How did varnashrama degenerate into the caste system? How does the Gita stress equality above hierarchy?
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