Hinduism - What Is A Chatti?

 





A pilgrim refuge, especially in the Himalayas. 


The term chatti is a derivative of the word "umbrella," and it was coined because these shelters were often only roofs supported by pillars, keeping pilgrims dry in the event of rain. 



Many Himalayan pilgrims journeyed on foot until the middle of the twentieth century, using a network of chattis along the pilgrimage routes. 



These chattis were eight to twelve miles apart, making for a pleasant day's walk for youthful pilgrims but a difficult trek for the elderly. 

Each chatti was run by a local family that sold wood and food grains to the pilgrims and provided them with cooking equipment. 

During the pilgrimage season, this arrangement provided money to mountain families while also allowing pilgrims to carry just their personal items. 

The introduction of paved roads and bus transit made this network mostly obsolete, but it is still referenced in place names like Janaki Chatti and Hanuman Chatti. 




Nagas from Chatuh-Sampradayi. 



Four groups (sampraday) of militant (Naga) ascetics who are all followers (bhakta) of the deity Vishnu are referred to as the Vishnu Sampraday. 

They are all spiritual descendants of a distinct Vaishnava religious group, each of which is linked to a prominent Vaishnava person. 


The Shri sampraday of the Ramanandi ascetics is by far the most numerous and influential of these organizations, tracing its lineage back to the poet-saint Ramananda and the southern Indian philosopher Ramanuja, whom they believe to be Ramananda's teacher. 

The Nimbarki ascetics' Sanaka sampraday may trace their spiritual heritage back to the philosopher Nimbarka. 

The Vishnuswami ascetics' Rudra sampraday may be traced back to an older person, Vishnuswami, via the scholar Vallabhacharya. 

Finally, the Gaudiya Vaishnava ascetics' Brahma sampraday traces its spiritual lineage from Bengali saint Chaitanya to southern Indian scholar Madhva. 




Each of these sampradays is distinguished not only by its founder, but also by the god or deities that serve as its patron. 



The Ramanandis worship the deity Rama, while the rest revere the god Krishna and his wife, Radha, to varying degrees. 

Scholars dispute that these organizations were ever linked to the individuals who claim to be its founders. 

The differences between the sampradays seem to be mostly intellectual in nature. 

Given that Ramanandis make up the vast bulk of these ascetics, the others seem to be significant mainly as representatives of other prominent Vaishnava religious leaders. 


The group differences are only important during the Kumbha Mela bathing (snana) event, when they dictate the order of specific groups in the bathing processions. 





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Hinduism - What Is Chataka?




The term for the cuckoo bird in Sanskrit poetry and literature, typically evoked as a symbol of yearning. 




Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838–1894) was a Bengali writer and Indian nationalist who was a key role in the nineteenth-century renaissance of Bengali literature and in turning the region into a hotbed of anti-British resistance. 



Chatterjee saw as a young man how the English language and culture were beginning to supplant Indian culture among educated Indians. 

Through his literature and political activity, he aimed to change this by urging Indian intellectuals to rediscover their ancient culture. 

He paved the path for poet Rabindranath Tagore and political activists Aurobindo Ghose and Subhash Chandra Bose by becoming a pivotal figure in both literature and politics. 

Anandamath, Chatterjee's most renowned book, was set during the late-eighteenth-century Sanyasi Rebellion, in which Hindu and Muslim militant ascetics battled the British East India Company for control of Bengal. 

Although historical research links this battle to current social and economic problems in Bengal, Chatterjee depicts it allegorically as a struggle of Mother India's faithful children to drive out the British invaders. 


Chatterjee also penned the lyrics of “Vande Mataram,” a patriotic song that is widely referred to as the unofficial Indian national anthem.



Hinduism - What Is Charvaka?






One of the classic names for the materialist philosophical school is Charvaka.




Its main claim was that a person is identical to his or her physical body, and that when the body dies, the person dies as well. 





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Hinduism - What Is Charas?




Hashish is referred to as Charas. 



This is typically combined with tobacco and smoked in a chillum, which is a straight pipe. 


Certain parts of the ascetic community are known for smoking hashish. 

Smoking is a social pastime and a ritual of hospitality for many ascetics, as well as a religious gesture that emulates the deity Shiva, who is renowned for his love of the substance. 



Many ascetics convert the marijuana that grows wild across the Himalayas into hashish to consume and sell while on their journeys. 


Most individuals are prohibited from using drugs, although it is a very widespread and accepted practice among ascetics, who are intentionally peripheral members of society. 




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Hinduism - What Is Charanamrta?

 




 ("nectar of the feet") Literally, the water (or other liquid) in which one's guru's feet or god representations are washed. 



It is consumed by the student or devotee (bhakta) as a symbol of subordination and as a means of receiving grace and benefits. 


By extension, the term may apply to any liquid consumed by devotees as a sign of the deity's favor, regardless of whether it has been used for washing (snana). 


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Yogic Philosophy - The Eternal Life Of The Universe

 



We introduced the notion that the human mind was forced to report the fact that it could not conceive of The Absolute without thinking of it as having the characteristic of Omnipresence—Present Everywhere in the first lesson of this series. 

Similarly, the human mind is forced to believe that everything that exists must be The Absolute or of the Absolute. 

And if anything is of the Absolute, it must contain the Absolute in some way—it must be the core of it. 

If we accept this, we must conclude that everything must be imbued with the essence of Life, since Life must be one of the Absolute's characteristics, or rather, what we name Life must be the outward manifestation of the Absolute's fundamental Being. 

And if that's the case, then everything in the Universe must be alive. 

This is a conclusion that the intellect cannot avoid. 

If the evidence do not support this conclusion, we must acknowledge that the whole fundamental idea of the Absolute and its emanations must collapse and be seen as a mistake. 

No chain is stronger than its weakest link, and if this link is too weak to carry the weight of the universe's truths, the chain must be abandoned as flawed and worthless, and another chain must be replaced. 

This reality is seldom addressed by people who talk and write about All Being One or an emanation of the One, but it must be taken into account and met. 

The hypothesis must collapse if there is a single object in the Universe that is “dead”—nonliving—lifeless. 

If something isn't alive, it can't contain the Absolute's essence—it must be alien and foreign to the Absolute, and the Absolute can't be Absolute in that case since there's something outside of itself. 

As a result, it becomes critical to look into the evidences of the existence of Life in all things, organic and inorganic. 

Let us analyze the evidence that has been presented to us. 

All ancient occultists taught that the universe was alive, that there was life in everything, that there was nothing dead in nature, and that death was just a change in the substance of the dead bodies. 

They taught that Life could be found in everything and everything, even the hardest mineral form and the atoms that made it up, in various degrees of manifestation and expression. 

Modern science is quickly approaching the same point, and each month's discoveries and studies serve merely to reinforce the lessons. 

“All my studies have led me away from the concept of a lifeless material world thrown about by different forces, to that of a universe which is completely all force, life, soul, thinking, or whatever term we may want to call it,” says Burbank, that great moulder of plant life. 

Every atom, molecule, plant, animal, or planet is nothing more than a collection of structured unit forces kept in place by larger forces, keeping them dormant for a while despite their immense strength. 

All life on our planet exists on the outskirts of this limitless ocean of power, in a sense. 

The cosmos is fully living, not half-dead.” Today's science is looking at a living cosmos. 

Her hands are lifted as though to shield her eyes from the unaccustomed brightness that is bursting upon her. 

She has not yet grasped the full importance of what she has found. 

She has walked out into the brightness of the noonday light of a Universe AllAlive, even to its tiniest and seemingly most inactive atom, from the dark dungeon of universal lifeless matter. 

We may quickly descend the scale of animal life, witnessing life in full action at each decreasing level, starting with Man, the greatest form of life known to us. 

As we go from the animal to the vegetable kingdoms, we can still observe Life at work, although in varying degrees of expression. 

We will not review the many manifestations of Life among the forms of plantlife because we will have an opportunity to do so in our next lesson, but it must be obvious to all that Life is constantly manifesting in the sprouting of seeds; the putting forth of stalks, leaves, blossoms, fruit, and other forms of plantlife; and in the enormous manifestation of force and energy in such growth and development. 

From the initial sprouting of the seed to the final vital activity on the part of the mature plant or tree, the life force in the plant may be seen pushing forward for expression and manifestation. 

Aside from the essential activity seen in plant growth and development, we also know that plants become ill, die, and exhibit all of the other characteristics associated with living things. 

There is no debate regarding the existence of life in the plant world. 

Other kinds of life, however, exist on a far smaller scale than plants. 

There's the world of bacteria, germs, and infusoria—collections of cells with a common life—single-cell organisms, and then there's the Monera, creatures smaller than single cells—things from the ocean floor slime. 

These little Things—living Things—appear to be nothing more than a particle of goo, devoid of any organs. 

Despite this, they carry out all of life's functions: movement, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and disintegration. 

Some of these basic forms are all stomachs, which means they are all one organ capable of fulfilling all of the tasks required for an animal's survival. 

The monster has no mouth, so when it wants to consume anything, it just wraps itself around it—wraps itself around it like a gnat—and absorbs the essence of its food via its whole body. 

Scientists have flipped some of these little organisms inside out, yet they have continued to go on with their lives unaffected. 

They dismantled them into even smaller pieces, yet each one continued to exist as a distinct animal, carrying out all of its duties unaffected. 

They're all the same everywhere and all the time. 

They reproduce by first growing to a particular size, then dividing into two, and so on. 

The speed with which the growth has occurred is astounding. 

“The Monera are the simplest permanent cytods,” Haekel says about the Monera. 

Their whole body is made out of soft, unstructured plasm. 

We discover that no matter how carefully we analyze them with the most delicate reagents and the most powerful optical equipment, all of the components are perfectly homogenous. 

These Monera are therefore "organisms without organs" in the strictest meaning of the term, or even "organisms without organs" in a pure philosophical sense, since they lack organs and are not made up of different components. 

They can only be termed creatures if they can engage in the biological processes of life, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and movement.” Verworn captures an intriguing example of life and consciousness among the Rhizopods, a very primitive form of life. 

He claims that the Difflugia ampula, a creature that lives in a tiny shell made up of minute sand particles, has a long projection of its substance, similar to a feeler or tendril, that it uses to search the seafloor for sandy material to build the shell or outer covering for its offspring, which are born by division from the parent body. 

It takes the sand particle in its feeler and encloses it, passing it into its body. 

Verworn scraped the sand from the tank's bottom and replaced it with tiny pieces of brightly colored glass. 

He observed a collection of these glass particles in the creature's body shortly after, and a small speck of protoplasm released from the parent via separation a short time afterwards. 

At the same time, he observed that the glass pieces gathered by the mother organism were transferred out and wrapped around the new creature's body, glued together by a material produced by the parent's body, creating a shell and covering for the child. 

This demonstrated the existence of a mental something powerful enough to drive the creature to create a shell for the child before to its birth—or rather, to collect the material for such a shell, which would later be utilized; to identify the appropriate material; to mold it into form, and cement it. 

A creature, according to the scientist, always collected precisely the right amount of sand for its purpose—never too little, and never too much. 

And this in a creature that isn't much bigger than a speck of glue! We may take a closer look at the Moneron's life activities since it is the lowest kind of so-called "living matter"—the point at which living forms devolve into nonliving forms (so termed). 

Sensation is a capacity that this little speck of glue—an creature without organs—possesses. 

All in reaction to a basic feeling, it pulls away from that which is likely to harm it and toward that which it wants. 

It possesses a self-preservation and self-protection instinct. 

It hunts for and captures its victim, which it then consumes, digests, and assimilates. 

It can walk about using "falsefeet," or pieces of its body that it can push out of any area of its material at whim. 

It reproduces itself via separation and self-division, as we've seen. 

Many of us are acquainted with the existence of bacteria and germs—the yeasty forms of life. 

However, there are still kinds of life below them. 

The distinction between living and nonliving entities is becoming more blurred as science advances. 

Living animals have now been discovered that are so similar to nonliving organisms that a clear distinction cannot be established. 

Living animals have been reported to be capable of being dried and stored for many years before being resurrected with the introduction of moisture. 

They have the appearance of dust, yet they are alive and well. 

Science has identified some types of bacilli that have been exposed to extremes of heat and cold that are unfathomable to anybody except the scientific mind.

Diatoms, often known as "living crystals," are low-level forms of life. 

They're little geometrical shapes. 

They are made up of a small drop of glue-like plasm that is encased in a thin shell of siliceous or sandy substance. 

They're only visible under a microscope, and they're so tiny that thousands of them might fit on the tip of a pin. 

They are so similar to chemical crystals that it takes a keen and attentive observer to tell them apart. 

Despite this, they are alive and execute all of life's tasks. 

In our quest for life, we leave these animals and explore the realm of crystals. 

Yes, as odd as this remark may seem to those who have not followed the march of Science, crystals manifest life. 

Chemicals or electricity may destroy crystals as they are born, develop, and live. 

The study of crystal life has been given its own department in Science, dubbed "Plasmology." Some researchers have gone so far as to suggest that they've found evidence of basic sex functioning in crystals. 

In any case, crystals are born and develop in the same way as living things do. 

“Crystallization, as we are about to discover, is not just a mechanical gathering of lifeless atoms,” as a contemporary scientific writer put it. 

It's a new life.” The crystal develops from the mother liquor, and its body is constructed methodically, regularly, and according to a well-defined design or pattern, much like the animal form's body and bones, and the tree's wood and bark. 

In the development of the crystal, there is life at work. 

Not only does the crystal develop, but it also reproduces itself by breaking off or splitting off, much like the lesser forms of life described before. 

The main distinction between crystal growth and development and that of the lesser forms of life mentioned is that the crystal gets its nutrition from the outside and develops up from its outer surface, while the Monera gets its nourishment from inside and grows outwards. 

If the crystal had a soft core and drank from it, it would be almost similar to the Diatom; if the Diatom developed from the outside, it would be little more than a crystal. 

It's a razor-thin dividing line. 

Crystals, like biological organisms, may be sterilized and made sterile via chemical or electrical processes. 

They may also be "killed" in this way, preventing further development. 

Doesn't this seem like "Life" to you? To appreciate the significance of this concept of life among the crystals, consider that our toughest rocks and metals are made up of crystals, and that the soil and earth we grow and live on are nothing more than crumbled rock and tiny crystals. 

As a result, the dust under our feet is alive. 

Nothing is in a state of death. 

There is no conversion of "dead stuff" into living plant matter, which is subsequently transformed into live animal matter. 

Chemicals are alive, and there is just a continual change of shape and form of living stuff from chemical to man's body. 

Any man's body, as it decomposes, gets broken down into chemicals anew, and the cycle starts all over again. 

In terms of the bodies, all that exists are modifications in living forms. 

Many instances of life's existence in the inorganic environment may be found in nature. 

All we have to do is glance around to realize that the phrase "All is Alive" is true. 

In metals, there is a phenomenon known as "elasticity fatigue." Razors grow weary and need to take a break. 

Tuning forks lose their vibrational strength to some extent and must be given a break. 

‘ Mills and factories need to take a day off now and again. 

Metals have been poisoned and recovered by antidotes, and they are susceptible to illness and infection. 

Stained glass, in particular, is susceptible to a disease that spreads from pane to pane. 

Men who are used to handling and operating equipment and machinery have the tendency of talking about them as if they were alive. 

They seem to detect the existence of "feeling" in tools and machines, and to view each as having its own "character" or personality, which must be respected, humored, or coaxed in order to get the greatest outcomes. 

Prof. J. Chunder Bose of Calcutta University, a Hindu educated in English universities under the best teachers, and who is now a leading scientific authority in the western world, has given the world some very valuable testimony along these lines, and which goes very far toward proving the centuries' sold theories of the Yogis regarding Omnipresent Life. 

His studies on the collection of evidence of life in inorganic forms changed current scientific ideas and contributed significantly to the notion that life exists everywhere and that there is no such thing as dead matter. 

He based his research on the idea that the best and only genuine test for the existence of life in matter is the material's reaction to external stimuli. 

He has shown via many tests that so-called inorganic matter, minerals, metals, and other materials have a reaction to such stimuli that is comparable, if not identical, to the response of the matter that makes up the bodies of plants, animals, and mankind. 

He developed a delicate device for measuring the degree of reaction to an external stimulus, as well as other data, which was recorded in traces on a rotating cylinder. 

The tracings or curves produced from tin and other metals were discovered to be similar to those obtained from live muscle. 

In his tests, he utilized a galvanometer, a sensitive and precise scientific tool. 

The registering needle, which is gently swung on a small pivot, is deflected by even the tiniest current since the instrument is so perfectly calibrated. 

The needle will register if the galvanometer is connected to a human nerve and the nerve's end is inflamed. 

Prof. Bose discovered that when he hit or twisted different metal bars with the galvanometer, they all produced the same reaction. 

The instrument's reaction is proportional to the amount of irritation given to the metal. 

The similarity between the metal's reaction and that of live muscle was striking. 

For example, much as the reaction of live animal muscle or nerve matter gets tired, the curve recorded by the needle in the metal grew fainter and fainter as the bar became more and more fatigued by the continuous stimulation. 

And, just as the muscle would become rested and react actively after such exhaustion, so would the metal when given a time to recover. 

Tetanus was produced and healed as a result of repeated shocks. 

Metals showed signs of wear and tear. 

Drugs had the same effects on metals and animals: some were stimulating, others were sad, and some were fatal. 

Poisonous chemicals destroyed metal parts, making them immobile and preventing them from recording data on the machine. 

Antidotes were given quickly in some instances, saving the metal's life. 

In the same manner, Prof. Bose performed tests on plants. 

The ability to stimulate, weariness, excitement, sadness, and poison was discovered in pieces of vegetative matter. 

“There is something rather pathetic in seeing the way in which the tiny spot of light which records the pulses in the plant, travels in ever weaker and weaker curves, when the plant is under the influence of poison, then falls into a final despairing straight line,” wrote Mrs. 

Annie Besant, who witnessed some of these experiments in Calcutta. 

It seems as though a murder has been committed, which it has.” Prof. Bose showed in one of his public tests that a bar of iron was completely as sensitive as the human body, that it could be irritated and stimulated in the same manner, and that it could be poisoned and died in the same way. 

“How can we draw the line of demarcation and say, ‘Here the physical stops, and there the physiological starts' among such phenomena?” he wonders. 

There is no such barrier.” Life is present in every item and form of Nature, according to his theory, which, by the way, accords with the earliest occult ideas, and all forms react to external stimuli, which response is evidence of the existence of life in the form. 

Prof. Bose's excellent work is chock-full of surprising experiment findings. 

He proves that metals sleep, can be killed, exhibit torpor and sluggishness, get tired or lazy, wake up, can be stimulated, strengthened, weakened, suffer from extreme cold and heat, and can be drugged or intoxicated, with different metals responding differently to different drugs, just as different men and animals respond differently to different drugs. 

A piece of steel exposed to a chemical poison responds by fluttering and weakening until it eventually fades away, much as animal matter does when poisoned in the same manner. 

The recovery was equally slow in both metal and muscle when awakened in time by an antidote. 

The scientist points out a remarkable fact when he says that the poisons that kill metals are themselves alive and can be killed, drugged, stimulated, and so on, eliciting the same response as the metals, demonstrating the existence of the same life in them as in the metals and animal matter that they influence.

Of course, when these metals are “killed,” the atoms and principles from which they are made remain fully alive and active, just as the atoms in the human body remain fully alive and active after the soul has passed away—the body is as much alive after death as it was during the person's life, with the activity of the parts being along the lines of dissolution instead. 

We hear a lot about scientists claiming that they are on the verge of "making life" out of nonliving materials. 

All of this is foolishness; life can only come from life. 

It's an absurdity to create life from nonlife. 

And the One Life that underpins everything is the source of all life. 

But it is true that Science has done, is doing, and will do something like to "creating life," but this is simply transforming the form of Life into other forms—the lower form into the higher—much as a plant creates a fruit from a seed. 

Life is constantly present and reacts to the right stimuli and circumstances. 

A lot of scientists are attempting to create life organisms from inorganic materials. 

The ancient concept of "spontaneous generation," which had been consigned to Science's scrapheap for many years, is making a comeback. 

Although the theory of evolution force its followers to accept the notion that live forms sprang from nonliving (so called) forms at some point in the past, it has long been assumed that the circumstances that led to this stage of development have gone forever. 

However, all evidence today points to the opposite conclusion: that this stage of evolution is, and has always been, in progress, and that new forms of life are continuously developing from inorganic origins. 

The act of "creation," as the term is known (although it is an absurdity in the Yogi's eyes), is ongoing. 

Dr. Charlton Bastian of London, England, has long been a vocal proponent of the continuous spontaneous generation hypothesis. 

He was mocked and dismissed by the world's top scientists a generation ago, but he persevered, and his latest works were like bombshells in the traditional scientific camp. 

He has shot over 5,000 photomicrographs, all of which reveal surprising truths about the genesis of life organisms from inorganic matter. 

He says that the microscope shows the growth of extremely little black specks in a previously transparent liquid, which eventually expand and change into bacteria—living organisms of the lowest order. 

Prof. Burke of Cambridge, England, has shown that he can create minute live organisms in sterilized boullion that show growth and subdivision when exposed to sterilized radium chloride. 

Science is progressively coming to the opinion that life creatures continue to emerge in the world via natural processes, which is not surprising given that natural law is consistent and continuous. 

These new findings add to an already long list of contemporary scientific concepts that correlate to Yogi teachings that date back millennia. 

When we hear the Occult explanation that there is Living in everything, both organic and inorganic, and that evolution is continuous, we can understand that these tests merely demonstrate that life forms may be altered and evolved, not that life can be “created.” Many examples of the growth and development of forms substantially approaching those seen in the vegetative world may be found in the chemical and mineral worlds. 

The "lead tree," which is known as "metallic vegetation," is an intriguing example of this phenomena. 

The experiment is carried out by putting a clear acidulated solution of lead acetate in a widenecked container. 

The bottle is corked, and a length of copper wire is attached to the cork, from which wire a piece of zinc is hung, the latter hanging as close to the center of the lead solution as feasible. 

When the bottle is corked, the copper wire is instantly surrounded by a thin moss-like growth of metallic lead. 

This moss sprouts branches and limbs, which develop into foliage-like growth, eventually forming a small shrub or tree. 

Other metallic solutions may create similar "metallic vegetation." You've probably seen how frost crystals develop in the forms of leaves, branches, foliage, flowers, blooms, and other objects on window glass. 

When saltpeter is exposed to polarized light, it takes on shapes that are quite similar to those of orchids. 

These parallels abound throughout nature. 

A fascinating experiment with specific metallic salts was just carried out by a German expert. 

He exposed the salts to a galvanic current, and to his astonishment, the salt particles clumped together around the battery's negative pole, then developed into the shape of a small mushroom, complete with tiny stem and umbrella top. 

The top of the umbrella was a brilliant red, with a faint rose shade on the underneath. 

These metallic mushrooms had a translucent look at first, but gradually acquired color, with the top of the umbrella being a bright red, with a faint rose shade on the underside. 

The stems had a light straw tint to them. 

This was fascinating, but the most significant finding of the experiment was the revelation that these mushrooms had tiny veins or tubes running down their stems, via which nutrition or extra material for development is delivered, allowing them to grow from the inside out, as fungi do. 

These artificial metallic growths were, for all intents and purposes, low kinds of vegetal his. 

The quest for Life, however, does not stop with the known forms of the material world. 

Science has broken down material forms into smaller forms, which have been broken down even more. 

And if Life exists in the form of innumerable particles, then Life must exist in the particles themselves. 

Because Life cannot arise from nonlife, and if Life does not exist in the particles, the idea of Omnipresent Life must falter. 

As a result, we must go beyond the mineral's structure and shape, separating it into its component elements and then examining the pieces for signs of life. 

All kinds of matter, according to science, are made up of tiny particles known as molecules. 

Unless the chemical atoms comprising the matter fly apart and the substance is resolved into its basic components, a molecule is the smallest piece of matter that is conceivable. 

Take, for example, the well-known example of a drop of water. 

Let us split and subdivide the drop till we reach the tiniest conceivable water particle. 

A "molecule" of water would be the tiniest conceivable particle. 

We can't split this molecule without forcing the hydrogen and oxygen atoms to fly apart, which would result in no water at all. 

These molecules, on the other hand, exhibit something called Attraction towards one other. 

They attract and are attracted to other molecules of the same kind. 

This law of attraction causes masses of matter to form, whether they be mountains of solid rock, a drop of water, or a volume of gas. 

All masses of matter are made up of molecular aggregations bound together by the law of attraction. 

Cohesion is the name for this rule of attraction. 

This Cohesive Attraction is an exhibition of Life activity, appearing in the presence of the molecule of a "like" or "love" for the comparable molecule, as many people believe. 

And when the Life energies materialize on a particular level and begin to shape the molecules into crystals, allowing us to witness the actual process in action, we understand that there is "something at work" in this building up. 

To people who are unfamiliar with the concept, however, the manifestation of Life amid the atoms is even more amazing. 

You'll recall that the atom is the chemical unit that, when combined with other atoms, forms the molecule. 

For example, if two atoms of the gas hydrogen and one atom of the gas oxygen are placed close together, they will immediately race toward one other and form a partnership known as a molecule of water. 

As it is with all atoms, they are constantly establishing and breaking relationships. 

Marriage and divorce are a natural part of atoms' lives. 

These evidences of atom-to-atom attraction and repulsion are attracting a lot of attention from discerning thinkers, and some of the most sophisticated minds of our day regard this phenomenon as confirmation of the ancient Yogi concept that there is Life and active activity in the tiniest particles of matter. 

Attractions and repulsions are important properties of atoms. 

They create marriages along the lines of their attraction, and by merging, they produce the substances we are acquainted with. 

Remember that when they join, they do not lose their identity and melt into a permanent substance; instead, they just unite while remaining different. 

If the atoms in a combination are destroyed by chemical action, electrical discharge, or other means, they fly apart and resume their individual lives until they come into touch with other atoms with whom they have affinities, at which point they establish a new union or partnership. 

In many chemical reactions, atoms separate from one another, each abandoning its mate or mates in search of a fresh affinity in the form of a more agreeable atom. 

Atoms are fickle, and they will always abandon a smaller attraction in favor of a larger one. 

This isn't just a metaphor or a piece of scientific poetry. 

It's a scientific description of atoms' actions in terms of vital manifestation. 

“I cannot comprehend the simplest chemical and physical processes without attributing the movement of the material particles to unconscious sensation,” remarked Haekel, a renowned German physicist.

Chemical Affinity is defined as “the ability of different chemical elements to detect differences in the characteristics of other elements, to feel pleasure or repulsion when they come into touch with them, and to carry out their respective motions on this ground.” “We may attribute the sensations of pleasure and pain (satisfaction and unhappiness) to all atoms, and so ascribe the elective affinities of chemistry to the attraction between living atoms and the repulsion between hating atoms,” he adds. 

“The feelings in animal and plant life are linked by a lengthy sequence of evolutionary steps with the lower kinds of experience that we find in inorganic materials, and that show themselves in chemical affinity,” he adds. 

“If the molecules contain anything akin to feeling, however distantly, it must be pleasant for them to be able to follow their attractions and repulsions, and painful for them to be compelled to do otherwise,” Naegli adds. 

Page after page of quotes from renowned thinkers might be used to demonstrate the validity of the ancient Yogi teachings that Life is Omnipresent. 

Modern science is fast approaching this point, leaving behind the ancient concept of "dead matter." Even recent ideas of the electron—tiny electrical energy particles currently thought to make up the atom's foundation—doesn't alter this notion, since electrons exhibit attraction and reaction to one other, forming groups that make up the atom. 

Even if we go beyond matter into the mystical Ether that Science assumes to be the material foundation of all things, we must believe that there is life there as well, and that, as Prof. 

Dolbear points out, “the Ether has other inherent properties, out of which could emerge, under proper circumstances, other phenomena, such as life, mind, or whatever may be in the subsoil.” Some scientists even go so far as to claim that not only is Life present in everything, but that Mind is present where Life is as well. 

Indeed, the Yogi fathers' aspirations are coming true, and tangible evidence of spiritual teachings are emerging from the ranks of materialists. 

Listen to what Dr. Saleeby has to say in his latest scientific study, "Evolution, the Master Key." “Life is potential in matter; life energy is not a thing produced at a certain moment in the past,” he adds. 

If evolution is correct, life stuff has developed from seemingly non-living materials via natural processes. 

But, if life is potential in matter, Mind is potential in Life a thousand times more so. 

The evolutionist is compelled to think that Mind exists in matter as a potential. 

(I'll use that form of words for the time being, but expect future criticism.) The promise and seed of consciousness may be found in the minuscule cell, a little speck of substance that will one day become man. 

Isn't it reasonable to conclude that the components of consciousness are contained in the chemical elements found in the cell—carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and chlorine? We must not only do so, but we must go even farther, since we know that each of these components, and every other, is made up of one invariable unit, the electron, and we must therefore claim that Mind is potential in the unit of Matter itself... 

It is to proclaim Spinoza's magnificent reality that Mind and Matter are the weave and woof of what Goethe referred to as "God's living garment." Both are manifestations of the Unknowable Reality that lurks underneath them. 

” There is no such thing as an attraction or repulsion that is not essential. 

Life is shown by all tendencies for or against another item or thing. 

Each item has enough life energy to continue doing its job. 

And when each form evolves into a higher form, it is able to express more of the Life force. 

Its material mechanism improves, allowing it to express a larger and greater degree of Life. 

It's not that one item has a bad life and another has a good life—this is impossible since there is only One Life. 

It's similar to the electrical current that can power the most sensitive equipment or produce light in an incandescent bulb. 

Give it the organ or machinery of manifestation, and it manifests; give it a low form, and it manifests to a low degree; give it a high form, and it manifests to a high degree. 

The clunky engine or the flawless equipment that powers the most delicate device are both powered by steam. 

As with the One Life, its manifestations may seem low and clunky, or lofty and perfect, depending on the material or mental machinery through which it operates. 

There is only one life, appearing in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and degrees. 

All—in All—is based on One Life. 

We witness Life everywhere present, from the greatest levels of Life down to the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms—death is an illusion. 

There are still the beginnings of manifested life pushing ahead for expression and manifestation behind all apparent forms of material existence. 

And underneath it all lies the Spirit of Life—desire, effort, emotion, and action. 

All is Life— expressions of the One Life—in the mountain and the ocean—in the flower and the tree—in the sunset, the dawn, the suns, and the stars. 

Everything is alive, pulsing with energy, power, and movement; exciting with vitality; pulsating with emotion; bursting with activity. 

Everything comes from the One Life, and everything that comes from the One Life is alive. 

There can't be any dead matter in the Universe since Life cannot die. 

Everything is still alive. 

And everything is alive. 

Keep this lesson's central idea in mind: CENTRAL CONCEPT: There is only One Life, and all the forms and shapes of the Universe are expressions of it. 

Only Life can come from Life, and only Life can come from Life. 

As a result, we have the right to anticipate Aliveness from all expressions of the One Life. 

And we are not ridiculed for our convictions. 

Not only do the greatest Occult Teachings tell us that everything is alive, but modern science has also proved that life exists everywhere—even in what was previously thought to be dead matter. 

It now recognizes that the atom, as well as what lies beyond it, is charged with Life Energy and Action. 

Life is everlasting and limitless, despite the fact that its forms and shapes vary. 

It can't die because it's LIFE. 

May you be at peace.



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Hinduism - Who Was Charanadas, And The Charanadasis ?




(1733–1782 C.E.); “Servant of [God's] feet”) The Charanadasis, an austere religious society, was founded by him. 



Charanadas was born in the princely state of Alwar, in the town of Dehra (in the modern state of Rajasthan). 


Charanadas founded his community in protest against the corruption and worldliness of the Pushti Marg, the religious community founded by Vallabhacharya (1479–1531 C.E.) whose members are devotees (bhakta) of the god Krishna. 

Charanadas received initiation from the puranic sage Shuka, according to tradition. 



Charanadas formed his community in protest against the corruption and worldliness of the Pushti Marg, according to tradition. 


The Charanadasis, like the Pushti Marg, are Vaishnavas, but their patron god is not only Krishna, but also his wife, Radha. 

The Pushti Marg was challenged by Charanadas, who emphasized upright and proper conduct as well as a commitment to study. 

His followers translated the Bhagavad Gita and the Bhagavata Purana, both significant Vaishnava scriptures, and produced comments on them. 



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Hinduism - What Is Charaka Samhita?




One of the two main sources for the traditional Indian medical school known as ayurveda, together with the later Sushruta Samhita. 



Despite the fact that it is ascribed to Charaka, given its references to a variety of medical systems and methods, it is more likely a compilation from previous sources. 





The idea of the three body humors—vata (wind), pitta (bile), and kapha (blood)—underpins ayurveda's medical foundation (phlegm). 

Although everyone possesses all three humors, each is made up of distinct components, the quantities of which are used to explain varied body types, metabolic inclinations, and personalities. 

Diseases are produced by an imbalance of these humors, which may be induced by one's environment or personal behaviors, while health is the condition of being in balance. 

The Charaka Samhita has been revised and translated into a number of languages, and it has been used as a source for secondary studies such as Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya's 1977 book Science and Society in Ancient India. 



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Hinduism - Who Was Charaka?

 



(1st–2nd century C.E.?) The Charaka Samhita's ascribed author, along with the somewhat later Sushruta Samhita, is one of the two main sources for ayurveda, a traditional school of Indian medicine. 




Charaka was the royal physician of the city of Takshashila in modern-day Pakistan, according to legend. 



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Hinduism - What Is The Chandrayana?




 ("the route of the moon") A one-month penitential ritual (prayashchitta) in which the penitent's food intake corresponds to the monthly cycle of the moon. 


On the first day of the waning moon, a person who observes this ritual eats fourteen mouthfuls of food, then one fewer mouthful on each subsequent day until the new moon day, when a full fast (upavasa) is observed. 


The penitent consumes one additional mouthful each day during the waxing moon, until he reaches fifteen mouthfuls on the full moon day. 


Given the little food available in the middle of the month, this is a pretty harsh penance. 

This penance was prescribed in the dharma literature as an atonement for certain types of sexual misconduct, such as having sexual relations with a woman from the same gotra (mythic lineage), marrying a woman from one's maternal grandfather's gotra, or marrying the daughter of one's maternal uncle or paternal aunt. 



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Hinduism - Who Was Chandramati?






The long-suffering wife of King Harishchandra in Hindu legend. 


Harishchandra is known for his honesty and integrity, and he is also the model for someone who patiently suffers unjust pain in contemporary Hindu society. 


Harishchandra's misery stems from a rivalry between the sages Vasishtha and Vishvamitra. 

Vasishtha, as his family priest, extols Harishchandra's goodness. 

Vishvamitra is adamant about proving Vasishtha incorrect, so he puts Harishchandra through a series of tests, during which he loses his kingdom, his riches, and is forced to sell himself and his family into slaves. 

Harishchandra maintains his integrity despite the hardships he and Chandramati face. 

They are ultimately returned to their former happy condition, including the resuscitation of their son, after suffering many difficulties, including the loss of their only son. 




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