Saturday, May 06, 2017

Is your workplace adding to Global Warming?

Let us start with a simple fact. The Earth is running around Sun at a speed of 30 kilometers per second. But, we sitting in the office, feel we are static sitting at one place. Yes, we are static but with respect to the earth. In a way, we are already out on adventure trip, in the universe, sitting and walking on earth. Is it not a spacecraft that we are riding on? Then, we have Sun which is a candle without wax, a bub without electricity and has been giving us light and warmth to survive. We are living in amazing world.

At one time, we are standing on the earth but may be hanging on earth just 12 hours later when the earth rotates on its axis. We do not realize it in our daily life. Think about it.

True, all this has been existing for times immemorial. But, what has happened to it now? Is it sustainable? Why is the temperature continuously increasing now? Why are the natural calamities increasing regularly? Suddenly, what has started going wrong?

We need to do something about it. What can we do about it other than going out on streets as an activist? What can we do from our tiny house or office while working daily chore?

Idea is simple. Use the same formula - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Build on this idea in every part of life. To give an example Reduce the use of plastic at home.

And, at office -
  • Reduce the unproductive work, heavy on electricity devices at office. 
  • Reuse water bottles at office instead of using paper cups. 
  • Recycle paper envelopes, old equipment through exchange offers, sell them to others who can still use them.
There can be many more ways that I could not yet thought of. What is it that you can reduce, reuse or recycle at office? Please suggest through your comments.

Science of Getting Rich!

Only sure shot and easiest way to get wealthy is give away the money to people from whom you derive spiritual inspiration. Or, give it to any causes you like, something that connects you with joy, something that connects you with divinity.

Do it with the feeling of happiness. Not with the feeling that they need it. Do it with love. Give it to people or cause that make you feel alive.

Remember, you are giving. Do not calculate returns on it. Be it about 10 fold returns or be it fame. Do not calculate returns. Else, this is not giving.

Do not plan. If you have thought of something to give, give it. Planning may indicate some sort of calculating in the head.

Having money is not bad. It is more about how you use the money. For what purpose you use it.

Giving opens the doors for Receiving.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Switch to positive emotions to heal your body

Check your emotions. Do you need any more reasons if you already have any of below symptoms.

  • Pain in the Head - Headache: Release the stress. Relax.
  • Pain In the Neck: Forgive self and others. Consider the things you love about people.
  • Pain In the Shoulders: Solve your problems. Share with others. Release your mental burden - Let go.
  • Pain in the Upper Back: Let go the feeling of lack of emotional support. Feel loved. Actively participate in life. 
  • Pain in the Lower Back: Stop worrying about money. Use a financial planner. Get your money back overdue on others.
  • Pain in the Elbows: Accept the changes in  your life. Be flexible and allow few things to change as per the demand of time.
  • Pain in the Knees: Humble down your ego. Physical body is mortal. Do some volunteer work. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mahavatar Babaji Temple in Chennai

Locals call it "Siddhar Babaji Temple", "Siddhar Babaji Ashram" and also "Rajini Ashram" as it is frequently visited by Superstar Rajinikanth. So, ask with these names for guidance from local people.

I was a bit confused about the exact location of the temple whether it is in Malaipattu or Padapai. Then, I got to know that it was near Manimangalam. So, I headed towards Manimangalam.

To reach Babaji temple from Chennai, you have to reach Maimangalam. I was staying in a hotel in Kilpauk, Chennai. I took a cab from there and asked him to take me to Manimangalam. There, I inquired about Malaipattu. Malaipattu is 4km from Manimangalam. Going from Malaipattu bus stop towards the Babaji Temple, there is Kalyana Srinivasa Perumal Temple, it has a big image of Sri Anjaneyar. You may prostrate before Anjaneyar and then proceed further.

You will reach the calm and vibrating abode of Babaji at Malaipattu/Padappai. Note: Carry enough eatables, fluid, fruits with you as you may not find any shop or market there.

May Babaji bless you! Om Kriya Babaji Nama Aum!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

educoin - the digital currency of learning

Imagine having a wallet, call it eduwallet, on a public ledger where your learning is recorded in multiples of 'one hour learning record' called edublock. The ledger is powered by blockchain, same technology that powers bitcoin. Then, what would be the equivalent of bitcoin in the education space? Let us call it educoin – a collection of karma i.e. individual learning experiences, where every learning-experience is a karma.

The public ledger with edublocks will enable everyone to receive credit from anyone. Similar to bitcoin, this will be beyond the boundaries of institutions, schools and universities. So, the formal learning institutions will, sooner or later, embrace the technology and will need to adapt to the new emerging models. All learning will become recordable and measurable in the public domain.

Educoin will radically decentralize education and make it more transparent and learner centric. As we see with bitcoin, there is no central authority, no goverment, no bank to regulate money. This is a much larger collaborative system without a regulatory body. One can give a bitcoin to anyone using peer to peer transaction on blockchain. Similar things will happen in education.

Problem with today's education is that by the time you come out of the program, business is looking for a different skill. Edublocks have the potential to offer one learning or edublock at a time instead of waiting for the whole certification process to end. Each edublock can be a one hour module.

One can impart one hour of training to someone and can award a badge or a certificate that would be stored on the blockchain which would represent the demonstration of success in learning objective. That means, you will also be able to earn with the just received edublock and will continue to learn next edublock. Work and education will become further integrated.

Even students can get paid for what they contribute to others' learning. You earn edubock in school and you can pay back by teaching the same edublock to someone else. You can expect to get the "badges" from peers and industry groups.

I call every learning experience a karma and their collection constitutes an educoin. Learning in itself is an income. It cannot be regulated by governments and regulatory bodies.

Educoin will form a whole new form of learning economy. Going by today's buzz words, the name 'educoin' also brings an element of 'gamification' to the process of learning. Educoins will make every learning traceable. Every educoin will have units of karma.

Technically speaking, every karma can be stored as an xAPI statement on the blockchain. With xAPI, almost every aspect of learning, including informal learning, will be track-able. An edublock will have certain number of recorded xAPI statements, each xAPI statement mapping to one learning experience, the karma. To summarize, the wealth of learning would be measured as below.

1 karma = 1 xAPI statement on the blockchain

1 educoin = 1,000,000,000 karma
1 educoin = 1,000,000 Kkarma
1 educoin = 1,000 Mkarma
1 educoin = 1 Gkarma
1 educoin = 0.001 Keducoin
1 educoin = 0.000,001 Meducoin
1 educoin = 0.000,000,001 Geducoin

With blockchain powered economy and systems of future, expect almost everything to be disrupted. There will be explicit performance ratings. HR will come up with different transparent philosophies. Same will happen to education. Education will become more and more decentralized.

Few years ago, we did not have MOOCs. Bitcoin fever has already caught up. These are exciting times with fast technology changes impacting every area of life. It is only a matter of time when educoin will evolve in one form or another.

Happy Learning! Happy Earning!!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Live your true purpose

Do you want to discover your true purpose of life? Believe it or not, the ultimate purpose is same for everyone. It is to consciously connect with your higher Self eternally. Rest everything is all about discovering what you are tuned to do in this life to achieve that goal. If you do not agree, that is also fine. It is just that you have chosen different goals for different life times that you believe you can achieve to connect with your true Self.

Somewhere in your unconscious, you know the purpose you are meant to fulfill. You may not be aware consciously though. Your actions are headed in that same direction anyway. You may call certain situations as distractions. They are just decision points to choose your next step. And then, prioritize the chosen step.

It's a journey. You have already reached the path and moving on. You chose something with your free will and you are treading the path. Did you realize this before? You are living life that you wanted to. You just need to pick right or better choices whenever the situation arises, which also you are already doing. Can that be done better? Everything else is and will be in place.

How do you do something better that you have already been doing? Do it consciously so that you are aware in present and consequently make right choices. Living in present is the key. That is what matters. Anything you think is past or future is just a projection on the present. You just need to be consciously connected with present.

Things start with a thought. Here is a thought, "I am consciously present with my true Self here in this moment now." Deepen your presence in the present moment.

Be passionate about living in the present moment. Be open to the possibility. Do everything you can. Pray for it. Visualize it. Learn with others. Keep getting better and better until it becomes effortless. This is only present moment that allows you to connect with inner Self and then one gets completely cured of ignorance.

Are you ready now to take the plunge and live in the present moment?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What next after 'hole-in-the-wall' experiment?

Hole-in-the-wall experiment was great and brought forth some interesting observations. Children can learn on their own if they have right tools and environment available to them. They can learn from one another and can teach themselves too.

The experiment was performed by placing a computer through a hole in a wall facing the slum. This was something new for them and caught their imagination. They did not have access to computers, forget internet, did not have choice except to go for this computer that had some educational content. They interacted with the computer and learned. After seeing encouraging results from these children, idea of “self-organized learning environment” (SOLE) emerged.

Stories of human nature mixed with machines are interesting. But, humans have been evolvig and kids learn from one another anyway.  Earlier, children used to play with marbles, business games, etc. Now, with computers. There is other category of kids who have so many devices in their homes but that also brings another set of problems, they may be playing all the time sitting on sofas and may even face lifestyle related problems such as obesity. They miss out on real life connect with others of their age group. Most of their time is spent playing games on the devices than learning.

Therefore, it has to be facilitated by real people. Recorded videos can add their bit in this matter. Also, for all-round development, it would be required to make educational recommendations considering what all happens 24x7. What needs more emphasis is that children also need to be told about other stuff such as values and good lifestyle which is mostly ignored in established education system and seems will be ignored even with technology enabled education systems.

Value of a teacher can never be underestimated. More than facilitators, they are knowledge personified if we see through the eyes of young students. They are motivators and give values to children, are live examples of knowledgeable and provide reasons to learn and grow. Children learn more by observing preferences of elders, much less by putting loads of information in their head which they forget anyway when they move to next grade. Children feel inspired with someone live than machines. I doubt that only facilitators, aided by machines, can do that.

I do believe that learners should have their own non-monitored time to explore, learn and grow. However, this should be complemented by planned components of motivation, inspiration, guidance to generate significant results. Technology is a great enabler but without any direction it is just a knife in the hands of a monkey.

Another example is of adults, two illiterate persons, who have access to devices with the ability to send text messages. They invent their own communication codes to text each other but only they understand it. Question is what we would want to replicate from this example? We probably, will not want people to form such isolated communities. So, the systems have to be connected and exposed as they connect people as well.

Can we extend these ideas to online adult learning? The environment here too can be organized by learners, aided by technology. In addition, learners can be anywhere, co-location is not required in case of eLearning.

Use computers, use internet. But, we will have to consider different aspects of life in totality. Every training is a contribution to the learner's life also. I wish that the idea of SOLE evolves beyond, from "self-organized learning environment" to "Self-oriented learning environment". The 'S' here will be capital 'S' referring to inner self, adding the element of direction to keep the learner in sync with his or her true interests, aspirations or sense of purpose.

If we can teach and allow learners how they can remain connected to their core, they will be able to find direction from within themselves. This will keep a check that the direction of learning is driven by aspirations, not by just short term desires and impulses. And then, it can evolve into “Self-driven learning environment” (SDLE). The onus of SDLE will be on the learners.  SOLE will remain the responsibility of educators.

With the advent of Experience API (xAPI) specification, technology is available for learner centric education systems. Learners can showcase their learning and at the same time, companies will also be benefitted as they will be able to see the learning and growth charts of the individual.

Learners should be able to track and retrospect how learning is impacting them, throughout their life. xAPI provides options for learning to be learner centric. Learning analytic does not need to reamin confined in the closed database of institutions and corporate. Learning can happen anywhere and the learners should have access to analyze their own learning data. Learning is a lifelong process.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pollution is not a battle but a war to win

Odd-even is a move in right direction at least. Acknowledge it. People and political parties should find ways to make it successful instead of complaining it is not giving any results. It is ridiculous that some are openly opposing, it shows only mental bankruptcy, nothing else.

And, there is another category. Have you lost your mind when you are saying that odd-even has forced people to buy two cars. This is because you have not been sensitive about the problem from day one. And, you may be the main culprit with unnecessary drives to increase pollution. Looks like your only intention is to break the system and then crib that the system does not work. Why can you not think about the person just behind you on a two wheeler?

What is your problem - little inconvenience or pollution? There are people who fight for country and give their lives. Here are you crying like a child. If you have so much money that to break the system and increase pollution you can buy two-three-four cars, Remove pollution from your mind first. Why does it make you satisfied to find new ways of creating pollution?

If odd-even did not work according to you then suggest alternatives instead of crying over small-small things. Anybody who says something has failed, has a moral responsibility to recommend another solution. If odd-even has failed in Delhi then go for public-private transport. Else, the day is not very far when it will be public-public only. But, ensure we do not quit till we solve the problem.

Odd-even is only a small experiment to reduce pollution, larger goal is to stop pollution and needs your support. Remember, Pollution is not a battle but a war to win. We don't win it today, our kids and grand kids suffer tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Start the Life You Were Born to Live

Live the purpose,  you were born to live. Yes, it is important to do it now.

What was your own expectation from your own life when you plunged to take this birth? To be happy, be successful at anything, it is very important to understand why you are doing something in the first place? It has to be in line with your aspiration.

To know and live the purpose of your life, ask yourself and answer these three questions. Ask them daily till your mind settles with the answer.

Who am I? ________________________________
Full nameGenderRegion are not important for this matter. What are your values? Who are you as a person? Who you want to be? What is your aspiration?

Become an expert at understanding yourself and the (spiritual) Self. Only you can be an expert at your-self. Exemplify yourself with the next question.

Am I reaching my highest potential? _____________________
What do you do? Does it bring joy to you? Are you good at that? Are you doing what matters to you? Do you feel your gifts and talents are needed? Are you serving others?  Do you love to do it every morning when you wake up? Are you qualified to teach what you do? Are you contributing to change lives?

Understand what you love to do do. Challenge yourself. You do not need to be a world champion right now. Think of your little impossibilities and take them on.

Am I surrounded by inspiring people? ________________________________
Are you surrounded by inspired people? Are you evolving with people that surround you? What emotions do you feel with them? Is one of them the person you would love to become?

Or, get away from the people who do not inspire you. Surround yourself with people who are passionate and they are passionate about what you also want to be. And it becomes normal for you.

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” ― Jim Rohn

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Damar Tantra | Shivambu Kalpa (Urine Therapy)

Damar Tantra is an ancient Sanskrit work about therapeutic system 'Shivambu', i.e. auto urine therapy. This was expounded by Lord Shiva to the Goddess Parvati. It is asserted in Damar Tantra that all diseases can be cured by the regular use of one's own urine. Shivambu is truly regarded as ‘panacea’ as auto urine therapy is said to be effective in over 175 health conditions.

  1. Parvati ! I shall expound to you the recommended actions and rituals of Shivambu Kalpa that confer numerous benefits. Those well versed in the scriptures have carefully specified certain vessels for the purpose.
  2. Utensils made from the following materials are recommended : Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Brass, Iron, Clay, Ivory, Glass, Wood from sacred trees, Bones, Leather and leaves.
  3. The Shivambu (one’s Own Urine) should be collected in a utensil made of any of these materials. Among them, clay utensils are better and copper ones are by far the best.
  4. The intending practitioner of the therapy should abjure salty or bitter foods, should not over exert himself, should take a light meal in the evening, should sleep on the ground, and should control and master his senses.
  5. The sagacious practitioner should get up when three quarters of the night have elapsed, and should pass urine while facing the east.
  6. The wise one should leave out the first and the last portions of the urine, and collect only the middle portion. This is considered the best procedure.
  7. Just as there is poison in the mouth and the tail of the serpent, O Parvati, it is even so in the case of the flow of Shivambu.
  8. Shivambu (auto-urine) is a heavenly nectar, which is capable of destroying senility and diseases. The practitioner of Yoga should take it before proceeding with his other rituals.
  9.  After cleaning the mouth, and performing the other essential morning functions, one should drink one’s own clear urine, which is the annihilator of senility and diseases.
  10. One who drinks Shivambu for the duration of a month will be purified internally. Drinking it for two months simulates and energies the senses.
  11. Drinking it for three months destroys all diseases and frees one from all troubles. By drinking it for five months, one acquires divine vision and freedom from all diseases.
  12. Continuation of the practice for six months makes the practitioner highly intelligent and proficient in the scriptures, and if the duration is seven months, the practitioner acquires extraordinary strength.
  13. If the practice is continued for eitht months, one acquires a permanent glow like that of gold, and if it is continued for nine months, one is freed from tuberculosis and leprosy.
  14. Ten months of this practice makes one a veritable treasury of luster. Eleven months of it would purify all the organs of the body.
  15.  A man who has continued the practice for a year becomes the equal of the sun in radiance. He who has continued it for two years conquers the element Earth.
  16. If the practice is continued for three years, one conquers the element water, and if it is continued for four years, the element Light is also conquered.
  17. He who continues the practice for five years conquers the element Air and and he who continues it for seven years conquers pride.
  18. Continuation of the practice for eight years enables one to conquer all the important elements of Nature, and continuation of it for nine years frees one from the cycle of birth and death.
  19. One who has continued the practice for ten years can fly through the air without effort. One who has continued it for eleven years is able to hear the voice of his soul (his inner self).
  20. He who has continued the practice for twelve years will live so long as the moon and the stars last. He is not troubled by dangerous animals such as snakes, and no poisons can kill him. He cannot be consumed by fire and can float on water just like wood.
  21. O Goddess ! I shall tell you now about other variants of the therapy. Please listen attentively. He who takes powdered amrita (gaduchi, Tinospora Condifolia) mixed with Auto-Urine habitually for six months, is freed from all disorders, and acquires happiness.
  22. Powdered Haritaki (harade, Terminalia Chebula) should be assiduously taken with Shivambu. This combination destroys senile degeneration and all diseases. If this practice is continued for a year, it makes one exceptionally strong.
  23. One masha (about one gramme) of sulphur shoul be taken along with Shivambu every morning. He who continues this practice for three years will live as long as the moon and the stars last. His urine and faeces will whiten gold.
  24. The powder of the Koshtha fruit should be mixed properly with Shivambu and taken in the prescribed manner. If this practice is continued for twelve years, one’s body will be free from the ravages of gold age such as wrinkles on the skin and whitening of the hair. One acquires the strength of a thousand elephants, and lives as long as the moon and the stars continue to exist.
  25. If powdered pepper and Triphla Choorna (mixed powder of Terminalia Belavica, Terminalia Chebula and Phylonthus Embica) mixed with Shivambu are taken regularly one acquires a radiance like that of the gods.
  26. The essence (bhasma) of mica and sulphur should be taken with Shivambu along with a little water. This cures all disorders caused by malfunctioning of the digestive system and all disorders caused by the Vata hamour. He who takes such a mixture regularly becomes strong, acquires a divine radiance and can cheat time (escape the ravages of time).
  27. He who takes Shivambu daily and excludes salty, sour and bitter foods from his diet acquires divine accomplishments quickly. Freed from all ailments and possessing a body comparable to that of Shiva himself, he disports himself like the gods in the Universe for an eternity.
  28. He who regularly takes the juice of the leaves of the neem tree by itself as well as mixed with Shivambu, attains the state of a Yogi and acquires splendour comparable to that of the gods.
  29. Anyone can rid himself of all physical ailments by taking Shivambu regularly with the powdered bark of the neem tree and powdered pumpkin for the duration of a year.
  30. Shivambu should be taken with lotus seeds, honey and mustard seeds. This will assuredly produce lightness of the body, rendering it energetic.
  31. Equal quantities of Mahua fruit seeds and Triphala Choorna taken daily with Shivambu will eliminate the possibility of senile degeneration and all diseases.
  32. He who takes rock salt mixed with an equal quantity of honey every morning and follows it up with Shivambu, comes to possess a body with divine attributes.
  33.  A mixture of equal parts of sulphur, powdered anvla (Phylonthus Emblica) fruits and powdered nutmeg (Myristica Beddomci) should first be taken and that should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. This will eliminate all diseases.
  34. A daily diet of milk accompanied by the drinking of Shivambu, continued uninterruptedly for seven years, not only eliminates all diseases, but also nourishes and strengthens the body.
  35. And he who takes the powdered amritaka (vachhanag, Tinospora Condifolia) following it up with drinking of Shivambu can certainly conquer death.
  36. And he who drinks his own urine to which honey and crystal sugar have been added is relieved of all diseases in six months. His speech becomes pleasing and he becomes clear-headed.
  37. He who first takes pieces or powder of dry ginger, and drinks Shivambu after that, certainly conquers diseases.
  38. By drinking Shivambu every morning, and chewing leaves of Nirgundi (Viter Nirgundo) after the drink, a Yogi attains strength, becomes far-sighted and succeeds in all his undertakings.
  39. The Yogi who applies a paste of Mansheel ground with Shivambu all over his body frees himself from diseases and his hair becomes black. (i.e. in spite of age).
  40. And now O Parvati, I shall explain to you the process of massaging with Shivambu. Such massage carried out according to the prescribed procedure enables the Yogi to attain success in his practice of Yoga. (i.e. in his endeavours towards spiritual development.)
  41. Shivambu should first be taken in an earthen pot and stored. When only one-fourth of it is left, the cool concentrate should be used to massage the body.
  42. There are certain mantras which are to be recited while accepting, drinking and producing (passing) it, of which I am now apprising you.
    While taking Shivambu into your hands, this mantra should be recited.
    Aum Hrim Klim Bhairavaaya Namaha.
    (This mantra should be recited while drinking it.)
    Aum Shrim Klim Uddamareshwaraaya Namaha.
    (This is to be recited while passing urine.)
    Aum Sarvashristiprabhave Rudraaya Namaha.
  43. Having thus taken Shivambu, the Yogi should apply it to the body, which action abundantly nourishes the limbs, and cures all disorders. The Yogi who follows these instructions achieves pre-eminence among all Yogis and his movements become totally unrestricted. He acquires the strength of a thousand elephants and is able to obtain (and digest) any food which he desires.
  44. He who foolishly uses urine that has not been matured as instructed for massaging the body, finds that his disorders get worsened and all his limbs become weakened due to loss of muscular tone.
  45. Therefore urine that has not been matured or aged should never be used for massaging the body. On the other hand, O Goddess, if properly matured urine is used for the purpose, all attainments are within one’s grasp.
  46. By drinking Shivambu and using it for massage in accordance with the prescribed procedure, the practitioner is freed from aging and death.
  47. The urine and faeces of one who drinks Shivambu regularly can impart a white colour to gold. The Practitioner who uses a mixture of Shiro-amrit, dew and Shivambu for massaging his body acquires great strength, and freedom from all ailments.
  48. The Yogi who drinks his own urine every morning regularly for three years, and abjures salty, hot and bitter foods for that period will conquer lust, and be the master of his desires.
  49. Dear One! He who is unyielding in his practice of taking roasted grams with jaggery, drinking Shivambu and massaging his body with it for six months acquires the ability to see clearly things situated at great distances, to be able to smell them from great distances, he is not subject to ailments and his body becomes light and supple.
  50. Consort of the Chief among the Gods! He who takes one gramme of Piper Longum and one gramme of black pepper every day, and follows it up with a drink of Shivambu, will in only a month, acquire a pleasing voice, and conquer all bodily ailments.
  51. The outstanding practitioner who regularly takes powdered dry ginger and then drinks Shivambu, becomes exceptionally strong and capable of great exploits. He becomes as strong as thousand elephants and his youth will tempt even the Apsaras to entreat for his favours.
  52. Consort of Shiva! One who drinks Shivambu after taking roasted and powdered Abhaya (Haritaki, Terminalia Chebula) succeeds in purifying his whole body, his body comes to resemble the bodies of gods, and he acquires a cheerful frame of mind.
  53. And he who sedulously drinks Shivambu after taking a mixture of equal parts of the powders of Amrita, Triphala, Kadu, dry ginger, cumin seeds and he roots of piper Longum and keeps to a diet of only rice and milk, will within a year develop an understanding of the scriptures.
  54. One who follows this practice for three years acquires great strength and valour, he becomes a veritable god on Earth. He becomes omniscient, acquires all spiritual attainments, can expound even the scriptures and sciences which he has not studied, and all the three worlds are visible to him.
  55. The practitioner who drinks Shivambu with the powder of the five parts of the Sharapunkha (Devnaal) plant, acquires pre-eminence among the Yogis, and enjoys spiritual ecstasy.
  56. O Great Goddess! Powders of dry ginger and crystal sugar should be mixed with ghee and honey, and taken with the juice of Nargundi (Vitex Nirgundo) leaves, followed by a drink of Shivambu. If this is done for a month, one becomes strong in one’s limbs and acquires immeasurable physical process. After one year of this practice, one enjoys all the beneficial fruits of Yoga.
  57. Equal amounts of black and white seasame seeds should be taken with Karanj (Pongamia Glabvi) seeds and the juice of Neem leaves, and this should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. The practitioner who follows these instructions will within a fortnight, achieve perfection of body.
  58. Having drunk 1/32 gramme of opium roasted on an open fire with Shivambu, the wise man can enjoy sexual intercourse as and when he pleases. One who takes this drink regularly acquires complete control over the ejaculation of semen, over his breathing, and over the strong passions of lust and anger; he will be able to travel over the whole earth for a long time. (i.e. he will live a long and active life).
  59. Goddess! Triphala Choorna mixed with Nirgundi (Vitex Nirgundo) and both the varities of turmeric should be taken with Shivambu. He who does this for three months becomes omniscient, capable of discerning fine distinctions, and as lustrous as a crore of Kamadevas.
  60. One who regularly follows the practice of licking a paste of Bhringaraj (Eclipta Errecra) and honey, and drinking Shivambu after that, will in six months be able to cheat time (become free from the ravages of age) and will become far-sighted.
  61. He who regularly takes a powder of the bark of the Neem tree, the roots of Chitraka (Plumago Zeylancia) and the root of Piper Longum with Shivambu attains such spiritual eminence as to deserve to be worshipped even by the gods.
  62. The root of red Apamarg (Achyranthus Aspara) and the root of Chakramarda (Chenopadium Albium) should be drunk with Neem juice and this should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. One who does this regularly will remain free from all diseases and he will not be subject to the effect of old age such as wrinkles or graying of hair, which will remain black. He will be able to walk a distance of ten yojanas (125 Kilometers) without effort. He will be able to hear sounds from great distances and thus come to know about distance events. He will be able to divine other people’s thoughts, and O Goddess ! Young women of royal blood with faces rivaling the moon in beauty will be attracted towards him.
  63. He who licks a grain of the juice of white Kaner (Nerium Odorum) and then takes a drink of Shivambu every day will be free from epilepsy (and mental disorders) within a year.
  64. The juice of white Gunja (Abrus Precatorious) seeds, the juice of Sharapunkha (Devala) leaves, the powdered seeds of Chakramarda (Chenopadium Album) and the powdered roots of Matulung (Mahalung) should be taken in equal quantities, and wetted with Shivambu to prepare a paste. This paste should be rolled into pea-sized pills. One of these pills should be taken every day, and Shivambu taken after that. If this practice is continued for a month, the practitioner, pre-eminent among the Yogis, will achieve such a purification of his body as to render it free from all ailments.
  65. Powdered seeds of Karanja (Pongamia Glabra) the gum of the Banian Tree (Ficus Bengalensis) and a little opium should be mixed and licked every morning, and this should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. The Yogi who follows this practice will in six months acquire the youthfulness of a sixteen year old boy. He can become invisible when he chooses, and can become visible at his will.
  66. The juice of the leaves of Kavali should be mixed with the juice of Bhringaraj leaves and taken with honey, crystal sugar and ghee. The mixture is like a thick paste, and has to be licked. One who takes this mixture regularly will be free from the signs of old age, and his hair will remain black.
  67. White mustard seeds and Turmeric mixed with both kinds of cumin seeds should be powdered and taken regularly. This will free one from all signs of old age within a month.
  68. Drumsticks, Jatamansi and white Mustard seeds should be powdered mixed with honey and ghee. This should be taken regularly. This practice causes one’s body to become as comely as that of the demi-gods known as Gandharvas.
  69. Kalanemi (Guggul) and Bhargika (Clerodendron Serrotum) should be powdered and made into a paste by mixing with butter. If this is taken regularly with Shivambu, the practitioner acquires a pleasing personality.
  70. The variety of Moss known as Jalakesar and the seeds of Sapindus Laurifolius should be powdered and mixed with Shivambu. He who takes this mixture regularly acquires the charming personality of the famous King Udayan, the King of the Vatsas, and will not be subject to the process of aging.
  71. Goddess, if the Yogi takes Nasya (cleans his nasal passages) with Shivambu every morning, he will be cured of all diseases which are caused by the excess of any or all of the three humours Kapha (Phlegm) Vaata (Air) and Pitta(Bile). His appetite will be stimulated and if his body is weak, it will be greatly strengthened.
  72. If the practitioner of the system massages his body thrice during the day and thrice during the night with Shivambu, longevity will be conferrd upon him.
  73. If he massages his body with Shivambu three times in every period of a day and a night (24 hours) he will be strong in his body and in all the joints of the body, he will constantly be in a state of ecstatic happiness, he will always have friendly feelings for all and his body will shine with a golden luster.
  74. Even if he drinks Shivambu only once a day and massages his body with it once a day he becomes capable of great exploits. If this practice is followed for three years, his body will acquire radiance, he will become the master of all arts and sciences, he will acquire veracity and felicity of speech, and he will live so long as the moon and the stars continue to exist.
  75. Parvati ! During the spring, powdered Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) should be taken with honey; and similarly powdered dry ginger should be taken with honey. This should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. This practice will assuredly free one from twenty disorders caused by excess of Kapha (Phlegm) forty disorders caused by excess of Pitta (Bile), and eighty disorders caused by excess of Vata (Air.)
  76. And O Great Goddess, bitter and pungent foods should be avoided during the Spring. This will ensure the proper nourishment and development of all the limbs.
  77. One who regularly follows the practice of licking a paste of Bhringaraj (Eclipta Errecra) and honey, and drinking Shivambu after that, will in six months be able to cheat time (become free from the ravages of age) and will become far-sighted.
  78. Great Goddess! During the summer, equal quantities of powdered Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) and peepar (Piper Longum) should be taken with Jaggery and this should be followed by a drink of Shivambu. This will restore the body to its normal state, cure all diseases, confer acuity of vision and lightness of the body and bestow upon the practitioner the capability of traveling through the air.
  79. During the rainy season (around July-August), powderedHaritaki (Terminalia Chebula) should be taken with powdered roots of peeper (Piper Longum) and Saindhav Salt. After that, Shivambu should be drunk. The Yogi who follows this practice will become free from diseases and his body will become radiant. If he takes the powder alongwith milk, he will not be consumed by or even touched by fire.
  80. During the Sharad Season (September-October) powdered Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) powdered fruits of Terminalia Belavica and powdered crystal sugar mixed together should be taken and a drink of Shivambu taken after that. This practice will purify the body, free it from diseases and impart the capability of very quick motion over the ground. And O Consort of the chief among the Gods, all the attainments conferred by Yoga will be acquired in a very short period.
  81. During the Hemanta season (November-December) powdered dry ginger, powdered anvla (fruit of Phylonthus Embica) and powdered Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) should be mixed together and taken before drinking Shivambu. The Yogi who follows this practice becomes free from all diseases, all disorders resulting from abnormalities of body fluids are corrected, sharpness of vision of improved felicitous speech and knowledge of all sciences are acquired without any effort.
  82. During the Shishir Season (January-February) mixed powder of peepar (Piper Longum) roots, Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) and dry ginger should be taken before drinking Shivambu. This purifies the body, confers the strength of a hundred elephants and prevents the ravages of old age. The practitioner becomes omniscient and the object of affection of all living entities.
  83. Goddess, during the period of the regular ingestion of Shivambu, one must sedulously abjure the following : Vegetables consisting either of leaves or flowers, grams and pulses such as Kodra, Horse grams, Lentils, Black Grams etc. cereals that are likely to cause flatulence, pungent, sharp, bitter, salty and sour foods sexual intercourse. Avoidance of all these will help the success of Yogic practice. Any relaxation of this abstinence is likely to cause harm.
  84. Dear One! I have expounded the therapeutic system called Shivambu Kalpa to you. This is secret knowledge that is to be sedulously guarded. It should not be imparted to all and sundry (but only to the deserving.)
  85. Here ends the discussion of Shivambu Kalpa Vidhi as expounded in the Damar Tantra.

"Human Urine is basic, bitter and light. It destroys diseases of the eyes, makes the body strong, improves digestion and destroy coughs & colds." – Harit (1st Chapter on Urine)

"Human urine destroys position, property used it gives new life, purifies blood, clears skin troubles, is sharp in taste and contains many salts." – Bhawa Prakasha

"Human urine controls bile in the blood, destroys worms, cleans intestine, control cough & calms the nerves. It is sharp in taste, destroy laziness & is an antidote to positions." – Yoga Ratnakar (Mutrashtakam V. II)

Drink water from your own cistern, gushing water from your own well. – (Bible Proverbs 5:15)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Intolerance? No — Let us talk tolerance.

Why are we talking so much about intolerance? Is it because all of us are in favor of tolerance? The answer is yes? If the answer is no, I do not care. No body does.

Why not talk of tolerance? Is it not common sense? Talk about something you want, not what you do not want.

Can you say that you yourself are tolerant? If yes, then why don't you talk about yourself, share examples and propose solutions instead of cribbing? Remember, if you are part of problem, you are increasing the problem and you yourself are becoming a problem by aggravating it.

I pity on the people in public domain who talk about intolerance and think people will appreciate them as intellectuals. Buddy! talk about something you want to see happening. Else, what is the point?

If you yourself are not interested to do your bit or have lost the intent to handle the situation, TALK TOLERANCE to RESOLVE INTOLERANCE. Then, share with others what did you do to solve it for yourself and what you suggest for others.

People who work in public domain need to use their skill to increase acceptance. Use your skill whatever it is - writing, acting, politics, etc. otherwise, technology, finance or whatever.

Yes, everyone is different. Unity in diversity has always been the beauty of India. And, I am sure this will remain so. I and you will make it happen together.

We all have to live here and breathe same air. Let us make this place a better place by accepting all our differences with love and peace. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How to cure or prevent arthritis on your own?

You can cure arthritis on your own only if you have strong, rather very strong will power. Read further only if you are sure about it.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Practice yoga or do some gentle exercises.
  • Change your diet. Follow Health = Nutrient/Calorie rule i.e. focus more on nutrients than calories intake. 
    • Check your Vitamin D. 
    • Prefer plant based diet than animal proteins. Our biological structure is suited more for plant based foods. Increase intake of fruits and vegetables.
    • Avoid sugar, saturated fats (pizza, cheese, meat, dairy), trans fats (fast foods, fried foods), refined carbohydrates (white floor, white rice), sugar-free (Aspartame), alcohol. 
  • Maintain proper weight. Reduce the load on your knees. 
  • Fast once a week. Longer fasts may help more but experiment and find out what works best for you.
  • Quit smoking (if you do).
  • Avoid wearing high heels.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Use body language: your own eye movement for self growth

We may speak lies but our body does not. Use this fact to know more about yourself. You can use body language as a tool to know more about yourself and then use the gained information about yourself to fix yourself. Just do it more willingly and it will show you the results.

In this post, I am focusing on the eye movement, when mind is thinking.

Here are the key points.

Are you thinking about past or future?

  • Looking left is thinking about future. 
  • Looking right while speaking is thinking about past.

Which type of information are you accessing visual, auditory or emotional?

  • Looking upward while talking means you are accessing visuals. 
  • Looking sideways at the level of ear means you are accessing auditory data.
  • Looking downward means you are recalling or thinking with emotions.

Following are the combinations from two set of points - past/future and visual/auditory/emotional mentioned above. Observe how you switch gears to different areas when you listen and respond.

  • Looking up-left is about visualizing or creating something new, may be about future. 
  • Looking up-right is about visualizing or remembering past.
  • Looking sideways-left is about thinking new with sound, accessing the auditory signals. 
  • Looking sideways-right is about remembering sounds from the past.
  • Looking downward-left eye movement is about feeling something new. 
  • Looking downward-right is about feelings from the past.

It may be hard to do but it is worth it. Practice to observe yourself. This is the way you get first hand information about yourself and then work on it. How do you work with this information?

  • When you want to get the information from past but you observe looking left, you are still worrying about future. Then, you check whether you are looking upward, sideways or downward. Then, you know whether you are accessing visual, auditory or emotional data.
  • When you are planning something but seeing right, you are more in past. Then, you check whether you are looking upward, sideways or downward. Then, you know whether you are accessing visual, auditory or emotional data.

It is OK to switch between past and future. It is also OK to shift from one to another among visual, auditory and emotions. Point is to maintain the balance. Use different sources of information without getting overwhelmed by only one of them.

Understand yourself and you understand the people around you. Whole world is nothing but the way you look at the world. Most of the times, whole world is your world only, it is everything that you perceive of it.

So, go fix it, your own world. And, the whole world gets fixed. I hope this helps.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Trance: The Language for Humanity, With Love and Thanks to All Languages


Here I introduce an underrated new language to the world - Trance. And urge to use it officially.

Many of us use English alphabets to type the words from our native language. Most popular use case is chatting and texting. So, are you not already using Trance? Consider this example -

English: Hello!
Hindi: नमस्ते!
Trance: Namaste!

Don't you feel a kind of trance when you know that everyone on the planet understands you? This is the goal of Trance. Let us standardize it. Let us use it in formal communication and bring it to main stream.

Why a new name?

To convey the concept.

Trance derives its name from Transliteration. This is the technology behind the success of Trance. Trance makes use of both - Transliteration and Reverse-Transliteration, supported by Translation as per need. Now, you get the idea. Does Transliteration not exist already? Have you not been using it already? It has already existed for ages. You have used it from various dictionaries. It is just that everyone caught apple when it fell from the tree but only Newton thought about it. We are just throwing the apple back in the sky to share with others with the help of Reverse Transliteration.

Short is another keyword here, short learning curve. You already know and love some languages. For example - if you are reading a book that has English and Sanskrit text, you may already know both the languages, Trance has the potential to make it more meaningful for you. Trance makes it useful for others who know only one of the languages. Just start accepting, that is it.

How does it work?

Every language, together, constitutes  Trance. Every other language makes the foundation of Trance. It is not something new but it is an approach towards what we already have. It is a collection of dialects and languages on the planet.

Using Trance, everyone gets the benefit of being understood by the same framework except for the parts that may be new for the other person. That issue occurs within any single language anyway.

How do we use best of every language that exists on the planet? 

Here is an example considering English as example. 
  • Alphabets from English
  • Grammar from English
    I don't see a way how grammar can be separated from the language whose alphabets are chosen for Trance. Just making the point that the grammar has to be from the same language whose alphabets are chosen. This is how I see it as of now. Who knows, a new form of grammar will emerge with Trance over time.
  • Use words from other languages along with their etymology, usage and grammar
  • Use Reverse Transliteration. Unicode Transliteration Guidelines are already in place. 
  • Phonetics remain same. Difference in accent is not a major concern here as that happens on the basis of geography not the language itself.
Why I choose English over other languages? Simply because English has the highest number of non-native users already. While Chinese is the most spoken language today as I write today, it is the number of native speakers that makes it most used language.

Lofty goals (as they seem today)

Allow the languages (within same paragraph) to mix with and without their own alphabets, words, sentences and grammar. In the case of print, include glossary of terms from all languages used in the work. On computer, additional text can be provided readily or with some user interaction. Idea is to provide both transliterated / reverse-transliterated text.

Why I choose English as the starting point for Trance?

English adopts words from other languages. Most of us are doing it already. If you prefer some other language instead of English, compete with adoption, not with English. Increase the adoption of native language by adopting the words from other languages. This is how the language becomes rich over time. Or, increase the use of the words from native language in English. So, your love for all other languages continues for the qualities that they all possess. It also means that people from different languages will be able to understand each other better.

My personal preference would be Sanskrit but that still remains personal. To increase its adoption, Sanskrit speaking guys! If you are reading this, request you to increase adoption. Sanskrit has so many unique benefits to offer.  Largely, this is true for any other language that wants to increase its reach and provide its benefits to other people.

Why I prefer transliteration over translation?

Transliteration allows the originality and continuity of rhythmic beauty of the original content. Yes, I agree that translation is very important to learn the original concepts as well. Both go hand in hand.

Moreover, transliteration adds a new word to the language. Remember, a new word is a new concept, a new idea.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sanskrit Alphabets as 108 Beads

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10   Count
अ३ इ३ उ३ 9
ऋS ऋ३ ऌS ऌ३ 10
अं अः 2
क् ख् ग् घ् ङ् 5
च् छ् ज् झ् ञ् 5
ट् ठ् ड् ढ् ण् 5
त् थ् द् ध् न् 5
प् फ् ब् भ् म् 5
य् र् ल् व् 4
श् ष् स् ह् 4
ह् स् ष् श् 4
व् ल् र् य् 4
म् भ् ब् फ् प् 5
न् ध् द् थ् त् 5
ण् ढ् ड् ठ् ट् 5
ञ् झ् ज् छ् च् 5
ङ् घ् ग् ख् क् 5
अः अं 2
ऌ३ ऌS ऋ३ ऋS 10
उ३ इ३ अ३ 9
Total   108

Vowels can be ह्रस्व (short), दीर्घ (long) or प्लुत (prolated).
लघु , गुरु एवं प्लुत के संकेत-चिह्न :
लघु : ।
गुरु : S
प्लुत : ३

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

How to control unwanted thoughts?

Thoughts create emotions. Emotions create your state of being. So, choose happy thoughts.

There may be some thoughts that are unwanted, that you want to avoid. But, the point is, they have already entered your mind. That is how you know about them. Do not deny them. Now that they have already entered your mind, you have to deal with them.

As an analogy, consider unwanted guests at your home. When they have already entered your house, you cannot deny the fact that they are already in. That will not change the fact. You can only entertain them. Art however is how you entertain them or handle them. First point is, welcome them. Make them feel welcome.

You cannot start quarreling with them and expect them to leave immediately. They are expected to fight back in response. And even if you are able to drive them away, you will always hold them in your mind just to avoid them in future. This is how they make permanent house in your mind. You remember them just to avoid them and they do not leave you.

To make them leave you, allow them to do so on their own. In the case of guests, do not bring up many new pointers to start talks, do not get involved with them. Keep it to the point. Welcome them, make them feel welcome. Let them feel you are dry or not of their type if they choose to feel so.

In the case of thought, welcome them as well. Be with them. Watch them. Allow them to go when they are done following their own momentum. Remember, that is the nature of thoughts. They keep moving, coming and going.

Fighting with thoughts is like trying to hold them back. Just being in the moment , with the thoughts, allowing them to go when they want to go, travel out is how it works.

So, to control thoughts, do not try to control thoughts. Understand them. Watch without being judgmental, when they come, or when they disappear. And, that leads you to be with your being which anyway is peaceful. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Walk barefoot for health benefits

You would have seen and done this, going out for morning walk daily. This is a good practice with many health benefits. However, many people know only a few benefits which does not stop you getting the benefits though.

Here are certain tips that can help tremendously to more benefits and they are so great that they can even be called as real benefits if utilized with proper understanding.

This has been Earth that has a lot of absorbed and stored energy of Sun. Earth has stored energy from Sun and it is happening from millions of years. So, when you walk barefoot on bare earth, you absorb a lot of energy. Bare earth means without grass. Walk on bare earth such as beach, sand, no grass.  Grass also wants to draw energy from your body. Walk on dry surface for example when you are on a beach. You feel energized. You do not need to eat as much. You may take fruits and salads when you do not feel that much hungry.

When you walk barefoot, you get earthing. You feel grounded that is connected to mother earth. Mind becomes calm and centered. This is enjoyable feeling.

Walk on dry surface or ground. If the earth is little warm, it will be helpful. Your mind relaxes. You feel great.

Since you get lot of energy from earth, you may not need to eat that much or at all. You eat what you require. You feel like eating healthy food only. As a result, you feel light and stay in shape.

When you walk barefoot, acupressure points get stimulated and heal the related organs. Such as your toes get pressed and regulate the pineal gland. Toes are connected to the pineal gland.

Morning fresh air and sunlight rejuvenates the senses and mind. Peaceful morning atmosphere has innumerable benefits. It is a common belief that walking on grass in the morning is great for eyes.

Increase the barefoot time in your life as much as you can do comfortably. Soft muddy, sandy, dry, bare surface massages the acupressure points. At the same time, you can walk on the floor also to remain in touch with the earth.

If you have tried this and experienced benefits, please share for others benefits.

Saturday, July 04, 2015


Who am I? …………………………………………..
My Role Model: …………………………………………..


Think about your role model and fill in the blank. Is that you? Is that your potential? Know yourself. Be firm with these positives and realize your potential.
  • I am ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I ask …………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I appreciate …………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I believe ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I can …………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I cherish ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I dedicate ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I do ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I enjoy ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I examine ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I experiment ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I have ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I keep ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I know ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I let ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I love ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I nurture ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I pray ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I realize ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I regard ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I sacrifice ……………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I seek ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I strive ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I try ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I understand ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I visualize ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I want ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I will ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • I work ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • My happiness ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • ………………………………………………………………………………………………
  • ………………………………………………………………………………………………

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Yoga Day

May Happy Yoga Day practice us all,
Be Healthy at the deepest one and all.
May Happy Yoga Day unite us all,
Commune with the One and Only in all.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Affirmations – I am Successful

You may first want to read another post I wrote about how to create and use affirmations?
  • Everyday in every way, I am becoming more successful.
  • I actively nurture relationships.
  • I allow my life to unfold.
  • I am accountable for my life.
  • I am being myself.
  • I am breaking unproductive habits.
  • I am grateful for many blessings.
  • I am honest with myself.
  • I am inspired.
  • I am rich in relationships.
  • I am rich in values.
  • I am solution oriented.
  • I attract successful people.
  • I cheer others' victories.
  • I compete with myself.
  • I choose happiness from within.
  • I enjoy what I have.
  • I enthusiastically get things done.
  • I face problems head on.
  • I focus towards positive outcomes.
  • I forgive myself and others.
  • I grow stronger during the hard times.
  • I learn from my mistakes.
  • I listen to the inner voice.
  • I live in present.
  • I spend time with right people.
  • I utilize ethical channels.
  • I work on my calling every day.
  • My success is contagious.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Affirmations for Introverts

You may want to read another post I wrote about how to create and use affirmations?

  • I am ambivert i.e. both introvert and extrovert.
  • I meet one new person each day.
  • I ask people who they know at personal and professional level.
  • I am relaxed while meeting people.
  • I excuse myself if I need to.
  • I schedule some time aside to recharge myself.
  • My network is growing.

Affirmations for Learners

You may want to read another post I wrote about how to create and use affirmations?

Affirmations for learners:
  • I demonstrate commitment to learning.
  • I know my strengths are ...
  • I leverage my strengths.
  • I know my improvement area are ...
  • I am evolving in the improvement areas.
  • I am developing new skills.
  • I am continually enhancing my contribution for growth wherever I am.
  • I actively participate in learning and development opportunities.
  • I use learning opportunities.
  • I constructively use feedback from co-workers.
  • I constructively use feedback from clients.
  • I am enhancing my performance.
  • I participate with professionals and associations to maintain knowledge.
  • I have good relationship with others.
  • I regularly update my knowledge and skills.
  • I apply best practices.
  • I apply new trends.
  • I am aware of the changes in internal and external environment.
  • I anticipate the needs of my customers.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Gamify Your eLearning

Gamification is revolutionizing the eLearning industry. Game based learning strategies increase learner engagement and attract new registrations. Gartner Says By 2015, More Than 50 Percent of Organizations That Manage Innovation Processes Will Gamify Those Processes.

According to Wikipedia, "Gamification is the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems."

Above definition itself helps derive the important concept that there has to be a problem that the learner is supposed to solve. A context needs to be set so that the learn can relate and has a starting point to interact with the game.

Intent is not to create a game but to create gameful experience. This makes sense, else, we would simply call it Game Development instead of Gamification. Games are intrinsically rewarding by nature but in case of Gamification it is optional to reward intrinsically. Games have predefined rules whereas Gamification has tasks with points and rewards. Gamification is done to motivate people so losing is optional unlike games. Through Gamification learners are encouraged to do something to meet the learning objective. Gamification is usually much cheaper than Games.

Gamification adds game like features without making too many changes to the content.  Some of the features that can beadded to to gamify learning are listed here. Choose your features up to a level depending on how much you want to gamify.

  • Add points to individual tasks that need to be completed. 
  • Provide badges/rewards after a criteria is met or on completing challenges, goals and targets. 
  • Unloack higher levels on earning badges or rewards. 
  • Create a Leaderboard to show the success of top performers. 
  • Define levels to repeat similar complexity tasks and to perform tougher tasks.

To develop effective educational games, identify the ability level of the player and be slightly more challenging for the learner's skill  level. If your game can adapt to learner's performance real time, will be a great motivator for the learner to move ahead at their own pace. eLearning should after all be a self-paced learning mechanism. Provide immediate feedback on the learner's activity performed in the game.

Gamification has the potential to take learning to entirely different levels. For example, winners at different levels can be offered discounts to enter new courses. Learners can hope to add new skills in their kitty at less price. With gamification, educators can be assured to consistently provide same great quality interaction all the time .

While gamification looks like an innovation today to improve learner engagement; real goal very soon will be to enable innovation using gamification.

Friday, December 19, 2014

How to create and use affirmations?

What is an affirmation? 
An affirmation is a short, positive statement in present tense stating that it is true.

How do I create good affirmation statements?
You may consider below tips to write good affirmations. Write in present tense. Keept it positive. Keep it short. Believe it (or start believing it, sooner the better). Write from your heart in your own voice.

Consider below tips to write good affirmations.
  • Write in present tense.
  • Make it active.
  • Keep it positive.
  • Keep it short.
  • Believe it (or start believing it, sooner the better).
  • Write from your heart in your own voice.

How to gather support for your affirmation?

Share with your friends and loved ones. Ask for support and suggestions for your affirmations. What inspired you to set this affirmation for you?

How do I support an affirmation? 
There is no limit to the number of affirmations you can support. Simplest way is to share others' affirmations with people and in turn get yourself benefited with those positive thoughts. By supporting an affirmation, you help an individual continue to focus on making that positive change in themselves and in the world.

Friday, September 26, 2014

अंतिम सत्य

क्या यह पाप है?
अगर अंत:करण निष्पाप है?
शुद्ध स्वच्छ और शांत
तृष्णा से आक्रान्त
विषयी समाज से आक्रान्त
नाम को ही सही|
भ्रष्टाचार से लिपटा
स्वयं व्यभिचार की मूर्ति
अस्त व्यस्त स्वार्थ पूर्ति|
कींचड़ का ये स्वप्न|
कमल-स्वरूप महान —
ईश्वर प्राप्ति त्याग जप इत्यादि
वार्तालाप का विषय अंतर्ज्ञान
कहाँ की वो कालिमा काली
उजियारी फुलवारी हरि नाम क्यारी|
सब यहीं है|
इसी तरह|
उठा लो, ले लो|
जो ले सको|
कर लो निपटा लो
हो सके तो
चुन लो —
वो अंतिम सत्य|
राम नाम ही सत्य है||

Friday, August 08, 2014

Declare India a Spiritual Democracy in the Constitution of India

India is a Spiritual Democracy.
India is a spiritual land. Shall we declare India a spiritual democracy in the Constitution of India also besides calling it a secular country? That will help to remind our next generations of our spiritual heritage and to transfer its benefits to them and their next generations through policy making and social initiatives.

Secularism is anyway a part of spirituality but may not necessarily serve growth and evolution to the extent spiritual approach can. In my opinion, spirituality will be a more proactive approach for the evolution of people as human beings.

Spiritually inspired democracy will uphold
  • Internal strength, health and happiness in citizens
  • Human evolution with spiritual essence of various faiths
  • Unity among people through a common conncting thread
  • Solution to environmental problems with healthy lifestyles
  • A social model for the world to make it a better place to live for all
These are some actions that I propose to increase spiritual awareness.
  • Declare India is a Sovereign Spiritual Democratic Republic in the Constitution of India.
  • Express spiritual benefits of the initiatives for social welfare.
  • Include effective spiritual education in academics.
  • Include spiritual aspect of various religions in neutral voice wherever possible.
  • Create spiritual professionals to make spirituality easily accessible out of religious boundaries.
Every part of life including government, business, NGO, individuals need to contribute and come up with innovative solutions and implement them for spiritual evolution. Such as businesses or corporate can employ spiritual advisers for the health of employees. Improved mental health and productivity by reducing stress will be the obvious benefit for the HR department.

Let us make continuous effort in this direction for a better tomorrow. I see many benefits of increasing spiritual awareness. Start with yourself for the change and expect to solve problems as big as Global Warming.

Consider signing the petition here

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Learner

I believe the best way to learn is by doing things.

Nothing have changed much for me after the day, when I was born. I was named Gaurav and 40 years after I was born I am still called, well, Gaurav. I am still a child at heart and like a child try to do things first and learn my lessons more from my failures than from my successes.

My childhood spent some good time in small villages. And, I love nature. I love trees and rivers.

Talking about childhood invariably takes me to my childhood memories. This scene is so vivid in my mind that I still remember it very clearly. Once while my mother was cooking in the kitchen she suddenly saw a snake at the door and unfortunately that was the only way to go out of the kitchen. She was so frightened that she could not even cry to call my father. Suddenly she had an idea, she started throwing the utensils in the opposite direction so that my father could hear the sound and come to help. I ran to call my father. He came and put a big heavy plate on the snake from its back. The snake seemed to be powerful. He pushed open the tray. My father pressed it hard and put something heavy on the tray. He then called neighbors and they all helped us to put the snake in the nearby trees. Incidentally, that also taught me my first lesson in non-violence.

Today, when I apply the same trick to catch a cockroach by using a bowl my little daughter looks at me with praise in her eyes. In my mind I know where I come from. I remember my widened eyes when I watched my father catching that snake using this innovative trick. That makes me more humble also.

Spending time with my eleven-year-old daughter is my best time. She is my life. And her mom? Whereas I am a bit unstable she is consistent...  in whatever she does. I appreciate her for the practical pieces of advice she constantly keeps giving me though I hardly implement.

We got married in November, 1999. It was a tough challenge for my parents to convince me that I too should get married. But, once they found her and we met; it was a cake-walk for them.

Once she asked me after I completed engineering in electronics why I was in marketing? I said, "Because I like to visit places and meet people."

After a little pause she asked, "Then, why did you do engineering?"

"Hmmm. I wanted to live in hostel and enjoy with friends." I said.

"You are not serious about your career." Pat came her reply.

Luckily, I got the message. I entered IT industry in 2000. I find it very interesting to make e-learning courses that get delivered over internet. I also enjoy making websites. I am enjoying my life at work in IT. Day by day I find myself more interested in work with a desire to do more and learn as much as I can and that is sufficient to make me happy at work also.

I completed Electronics Engineering from Madan Mohan Malviya Engineering College in UP. When I came out from college in 1995 people had already started talking about 21st century. Today, I am proud of the advancements made in technology.

You might have heard about bathroom singer, but this is first time you can see and hear a computer singer, because I sing while at computer. My boss and colleagues often get amused how can I sing and work on computer at the same time? I enjoy my daily dates with computer and with internet.

However, 21st century has made me conscious of certain issues that we have now. Day by day I become more conscious of my life-style that it may be polluting something somewhere. To name a few polythene bags have become so ubiquitous. Being able to use water for taking bath sometimes makes me feel I am living a luxurious life.

I look so calm to people but I live a hectic work life. I wish I could spend more time with my family.

My worries do not end there. There is something else that bothers when I try to visualize my future.

You all know about that. Limited fuel resources? Global Warming? A bigger problem than all these combined together is that we do not admit that these are real problems. More than that we are not able to realize that each one of us is responsible for that. I think that is very important. Only then we can hope for a solution.

I am trying to learn how I can work with others to make our human race live longer. I want to learn from you and then do my little bit for our own benefit. I pray to God that 21st century does not turn out to be the final century. Lets do something about it. That will be the best insurance cover or investment plan that we can gift our next generations to come.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra

Vigyan Bhairav is an ancient text on meditation. This book contains 112 meditation techniques for self-realization. These techniques are so universal they are applicable to all humanity – past, present and future. It is said that all meditation techniques have been covered in Vigyan Bhairav Tantra and it is impossible for anyone not to get a suitable technique as per his or her temperament and current spiritual evolution.

These techniques turn the mind from past and future to present.

In original text, techniques are explained in the form of dialogue between Devi (Goddess Parvati) and Shiva. Devi asks questions regarding nature of reality. Shiva gives the techniques how one can realize the reality. He knows that mind is tricky so instead of explanation He gives these meditation techniques, non-intellectual in nature, simple and effective. Just do them and the mind will turn to present.

Devi Asks:
O Shiva, what is your reality?
What is this wonder-filled universe?
What constitutes seed?
Who centers the universal wheel?
What is this life beyond form pervading forms?
How may we enter it fully, above space and time, names and descriptions?
Let my doubts be cleared!

Shiva replies:

     (Techniques 1 – 8 are breathing meditations.)
  1.  Radiant One, this experience may dawn between two breaths. After breath comes in (down) and just before turning up (out) - the beneficence.
  2.  As breath turns from down to up, and again as breath curves up to down - through both these turns, realize.
  3. Or, whenever in-breath and out-breath fuse, at this instant touch the energy-less, energy-filled center.
  4. Or, when breath is all out (up) and stopped of itself, or all in (down) and stopped - in such universal pause, one's small self vanishes. This is difficult only for the impure.
  5.  Attention between eyebrows, let mind be before thought. Let form fill with breath essence to the top of the head and there shower as light.
  6. When in worldly activities, keep attention between two breaths, and so practicing, in a few days be born anew.
  7. With intangible breath in center of forehead, as this reaches the heart at the moment of sleep, have direction over dreams and over death itself.
  8. With utmost devotion, center on the two junctions of breath and know the knower.
    (Techniques 9 – 12 put you at ease.)
  9. Lie down as dead. Enraged in wrath, stay so. Or stare without moving an eyelash. Or suck something and become the sucking.
  10. While being caressed, Sweet Princess, enter the caress as everlasting life.
  11. Stop the doors of the senses when feeling the creeping of an ant. Then.
  12. When on a bed or a seat, let yourself become weightless, beyond mind.

    (Techniques 13 – 22 are centering meditations.)
  13. Or, imagine the five colored circles of the peacock tail to be your five senses in illimitable space. Now let their beauty melt within. Similarly, at any point in space or on the wall - until the point dissolves. Then your wish for another comes true.
  14. Place your whole attention in the nerve, delicate as the lotus thread, in the center of your spinal column. In such be transformed.
  15. Closing the seven openings of the head with your hands, a space between your eyes becomes all-inclusive.
  16. Blessed One, as senses are absorbed in the Heart, reach the center of the lotus.
  17. Unminding mind, keep in the middle - until.
  18. Look lovingly at some object. Do not go to another object. Here in the middle of the object - the blessing.
  19. Without support for feet or hands, sit only on the buttocks. Suddenly the centering.
  20. In a moving vehicle, by rhythmically swaying, experience. Or in a still vehicle, by letting yourself swing in slowing invisible circles.
  21. Pierce some part of you nectar filled form with a pin, and gently enter the piercing and attain to the inner purity.
  22. Let attention be at a place where you are seeing some past happening, and even your form, having lost its present characteristics, is transformed.

    (Techniques 23 – 28 are stop meditations.)
  23. Feel an object before you. Feel the absence of all other objects but this one. Then leaving aside the object-feeling. And the absence-feeling. Realize.
  24. When a mood against someone or for someone arises, Do not place it on the person in question, But remain centered.
  25. Just as you have the impulse to do something, stop.
  26. When some desire comes, consider it. Then, suddenly, quit it.
  27. Roam about until exhausted and then, dropping to the ground, in this dropping be whole.
  28. Suppose you are gradually being deprived of strength or of knowledge. At the instant of deprivation, transcend.

    (Technique 29 tells that devotion also is a complete technique in itself.)
  29. Devotion frees.

    (Techniques 30 – 36 are about looking meditations.)
  30. Eyes closed, see your inner being in detail. Thus see your true nature.
  31. Look upon a bowl without seeing the sides or the material. In a few moments become aware.
  32. See as if for the first time a beauteous person or an ordinary object.
  33. Simply by looking into the blue sky beyond the clouds, the serenity.
  34. Listen while the ultimate mystical teaching is imparted. Eyes still, without blinking, at once, become absolutely free.
  35. At the edge of a deep well look steadily into its depths until – the wondrousness.
  36. Look upon some object, Then slowly withdraw your sight from it, then slowly withdraw your thought from it. Then.

    Techniques 37 – 47 are sound meditations, may be helpful for auditory persons.)
  37. Devi, imagine Sanskrit letters in these Honey filled foci of awareness, first as letters, the more subtly as sounds, then as most subtle feeling. Then, leaving them aside, be free.
  38. Bathe in the center of sound, as in the continuous sound of a waterfall. Or, by putting the fingers in the ears, hear the sound of sounds.
  39. Intone a sound, as AUM ? Slowly, as sound enters soundfulness, so do you.
  40. In the beginning and gradual refinement of the sound of any letter, awake.
  41. While listening to stringed instruments, hear their composite central sound; thus omnipresence.
  42. Intone a sound audibly, then less and less audibly as feeling deepens into this silent harmony.
  43. With mouth slightly open, keep mind in the middle of the tongue. Or, as breath comes silently in, feel the sound ‘HH’.
  44. Center on the sound ‘AUM’ without any ‘A’ or ‘M’.
  45. Silently intone a word ending in ‘AH’. Then in the ‘HH’, effortlessly, the spontaneity.
  46. Stopping ears by pressing and the rectum by contracting, enter the sound.
  47. Enter the sound of your name and, through this sound, all sounds.

    (Techniques 48 – 63 are about tantric love.)
  48. At the start of sexual union keep attentive on the fire in the beginning, and so continuing, avoid the embers in the end.
  49. When in such embrace your senses are shaken as leaves, enter this shaking.
  50. Even remembering union, without the embrace, transformation.
  51. On joyously seeing a long-absent friend, permeate this joy.
  52. When eating or drinking, become the taste of food or drink, and be filled.
  53. O lotus eyed one, sweet of touch, when singing, seeing, tasting, be aware you are and discover the ever living.
  54. Wherever satisfaction is found, in whatever act, actualize this.
  55. At the point of sleep, when the sleep has not yet come and the external wakefulness vanishes, at this point Being is revealed.
  56. Illusions deceive, colors circumscribe, even divisible are indivisible.
  57. In moods of extreme desire be undisturbed.
  58. This so-called universe appears as a juggling, a picture show. To be happy, look upon it so.
  59. O Beloved, put attention neither on pleasure nor on pain, but between these.
  60. Objects and desires exist in me as in others. So accepting, let them be transformed.
  61. As waves come with water and flames with fire, so the Universal waves with us.
  62. Wherever your mind is wandering, internally or externally, at this very place, this.
  63. When vividly aware through some particular sense, keep in the awareness.

    (Techniques 64 – 69 are about being witness and non-judgmental.)
  64. At the start of sneezing, during fright, in anxiety, above a chasm, flying in battle, in extreme curiosity, at the beginning of hunger, at the end of hunger, be uninterruptedly aware.
  65. The purity of other teachings is an impurity to us. In reality, know nothing as pure or impure.
  66. Be the unsame same to friend as to stranger, in honor and dishonor.
  67. Here is the sphere of change, change, change. Through change consume change.
  68. As a hen mothers her chicks, mother particular knowings, particular doings, in reality.
  69. Since, in truth, bondage and freedom are relative, these words are only for those terrified with the universe. This universe is a reflection of minds. As you see many suns in water from one sun, so see bondage and liberation.

    (Techniques 70 – 74 are about light meditations.)
  70. Consider your essence as light rays from center to center up the vertebrae, and so rises “livingness” in you.
  71. Or in the spaces between, feel this as lightning.
  72. Feel the cosmos as a translucent ever-living presence.
  73. In summer when you see the entire sky endlessly clear, enter such clarity.
  74. Shakti, see all space as if already absorbed in your own head in the brilliance.

    (Techniques 75 – 78 are darkness meditations.)
  75. Waking, sleeping, dreaming, know you as light.
  76. In rain during a black night, enter that blackness as the form of forms.
  77. When a moonless rainy night is not present, close your eyes, see blackness. So, faults disappear forever.
  78. Whenever your attention alights, at this very point, experience.

    (Techniques 79 – 94 are imagination meditations.)
  79. Focus on fire rising through your form from the toes up until the body burns to ashes but not you.
  80. Meditate on the make believe world as burning to ashes, and become being above human.
  81. As, subjectively, letters flow into words and words into sentences, and as, objectively, circles flow into worlds and worlds into principles, find at last these converging in our being.
  82. Feel: my thought, I-ness, internal organs – me.
  83. Before desire and before knowing, how can I say I am? Consider. Dissolve in the beauty.
  84. Toss attachment for body aside, realizing I am everywhere. One who is everywhere is joyous.
  85. Thinking nothing will limited-self unlimit.
  86. Suppose you contemplate something beyond perception, beyond grasping, beyond not being – you.
  87. I am existing. This is mine. This is this. O, beloved, even in such know illimitably.
  88. Each thing is perceived through knowing. The Self shines in space through knowing. Perceive one being as knower and known.
  89. Beloved, at this moment, let mind, knowing, breath, form, be included.
  90. Touching eyeballs as a feather, lightness between them opens into the heart and there permeates the cosmos.
  91. Kind Devi, enter etheric presence pervading far above and below your form.
  92. Put mind-stuff in such inexpressible fineness above, below and in your heart.
  93. Consider any area of your present form as limitlessly spacious.
  94. Feel your substance, bones, flesh, blood, saturated with cosmic essence.

    (Techniques 95 – 104 are the feminine nature meditation techniques.)
  95. Feel the fine qualities of creativity permeating your breasts and assuming delicate configurations.
  96. Abide in some place endlessly spacious, clear of trees, hills, habitations. Thence comes the end of mind pressures.
  97. Consider the plenum to be your own body of bliss.
  98. In any easy position gradually pervade an area between the armpits into great peace.
  99. Feel yourself as pervading all directions, far, near.
  100. The appreciation of objects and subjects is the same for an enlightened as for an unenlightened person. The former has one greatness: He remains in the subjective mood, not lost in things.
  101. Believe omniscient, omnipotent, pervading.
  102. Imagine spirit simultaneously within and around you until the entire universe spiritualizes.
  103. With your entire consciousness in the very start of desire, of knowing, know.
  104. O Shakti, each particular perception is limited, disappearing in omnipotence.

    (Techniques 105 – 108 are about oneness with all.)
  105. In truth forms are inseparate. Inseparate are omnipresent being and your own form. Realize each as made of this consciousness.
  106. Feel the consciousness of each person as your own consciousness. So, leaving aside concern for yourself, become each being.
  107. This consciousness exists as each being, and nothing else exists.
  108. This consciousness is the spirit of guidance of each one. Be this one.

    (Techniques 109 – 112 include meditation on emptiness.)
  109. Suppose your passive form to be an empty room with walls of skin – empty.
  110. Gracious One, play. The universe is an empty shell wherein your mind frolics infinitely.
  111. Sweet heartened One, meditate on knowing and not-knowing, existing and non-existing. Then leave both aside that you may be.
  112. Enter space, supportless, eternal, still.