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It indeed seems crazy that many of the ancient spiritual texts of the Bharatiya origin have given the seemingly non-sense advice to the people to eat the meals/food only after having washed their own feet and that too only without covering their own heads with a cover such as a cap, turban or scarf, etc.
The SkandPuraann, one of such texts says that those who eat their own meals with their own heads covered, with their own mouth facing the south direction or without having washed their own feet actually don’t eat that meal/food because such a meal/food instead always is gulped down by the ghosts.
The VishnnuPuraann and Vaseshthasmrte advise the meal always must be taken with the face towards the East or the North direction.
The VaamanPuraanna declares that the meal taken with the face towards the South direction leads to the food having the qualities of the devil.
The PaaraasharSmrte says that the meal/food comes to have monstrous qualities if one takes the meal/food with the one’s face towards the South direction.
The Mahaabhaarata emphatically declares that meal wholly evil the one that is eaten with the head covered, mouth facing the South direction or with the shoes on.
The PadmPuraanna describes the specific benefits and harms resulting from taking the meal in different directions. According to it, having the meal with the face towards the East direction increases the longevity or the life span, the South direction leads to being possessed by a ghost, the West direction causes the illness, and the North direction brings in the wealth and enhances the longevity or the life span.
It may surprise you that there is definitely a logical practical science behind all the utterances made in the ancient Bharatiya spiritual texts that have been quoted here.
Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee’s scientific theory and explanation
It is a scientifically well-established fact that the upper part of brain/skull in the Maanava shareer is cooler than the lower part. The brain is the most important part of the Maanava shareer.
The eighty percent of the brain consists of the water. The 20% of the oxygen inhaled by a person is used up by the brain. It consumes 25% of the blood supply. Each minute, 29 ounces of the blood flows through the Maanava brain.
The number of the neuron-connections in the Maanava brain is more than the total number of atoms in the whole universe. The Maanava brain has 100 billion neurons/nerves. All neurons are connected to other 25,000 other neurons. The neurons carry signals at an amazing speed of 300 feet per second.
A neuron consists of three main parts – Dendrite, Nerve Cell Body, and Axon.
The function of the branchlike Dendrite is to pick up nerve signals or the electrical impulses/messages.
The Nerve Cell Body processes the received electrical impulse.
The Axon then passes on the received electrical impulse to the concerned part such as a muscle fibre, etc.
The receipt, processing and passing on of a nerve signal by a neurons takes less than a second’s time.
The Maanava brain grows 2, 50, 000 neurons each second while in their mother’s wombs. After the birth, only an insignificant number of neurons are formed. The 50% of the neurons are dead by the age of 10 years.
According to the modern science, the Cerebrum or the upper part forms the main part of the Maanava brain. It has four lobes – Frontal, Parietal, Temporal and Occipital besides the two hemisphere – the left and the right hemisphere.
The brains contains several important glands/parts inside it such as – Corpus Callosum, Ventricle, Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Cerebellum and Brain-stem. The brain-stem is a part of the brain continuous with the spinal cord. It consists of the Medulla Oblongata, Pons, Midbrain and parts of the Hypothalamus.
The Medulla oblongata is the most important part of the Maanava brain since it has the heart functioning and breathing controlling centres.
According to the Ayurvedaachaaryas, Yoga-practitioners and ancient Yoga-texts, the Maanava head basically consists of two parts: the upper part termed the Brhmarandhr (Mastishk) and the lower one called the BuddheChakra (Mattulenga).
The Brhmarandhr (Mastishk) is cooler and the BuddheChakra (Mattulenga) warmer in nature. The former controls the cognitive functions and the latter the motor functions of the Maanava shareer.
The upper part of the head which is most delicate at the pineal joint (the location of the tuft of hair and the Sahasraar-Dal-Kamal or the thousand petalled Crown Lotus) is well protected naturally by a generous covering of the natural hair-cover.
The ancient Bharatiya sages used to have long flowing hair and handled them by placing them as a hair-lock on their heads and so didn’t need any head-cover.
Later, people started to have haircuts and that meant very short hair not long enough to provide adequate hair foliage to protect the upper part of the brain/skull. This perhaps was one of the several main reasons that led to the start of the practice of wearing a head-cover such as a cap or turban, etc.
In short, the hair or the head cover act as an instrument to maintain a fine balance of the heat in the brain/skull area.
When we eat meals/food then the overall temperature of the body increases due to the energy provided by the meals/food eaten. This increases the temperature of the brain/skull area, too.
The mechanical action of the jaws, grinding of the teeth and movement of the other mouth muscles during the food-eating generates some amount of the heat, too.
The temperature of the brain/skull area increases manifold during the course of a meal/food.
The presence of a head-cover such as the cap or the turban, etc., blocks the release of the increased temperature into the atmosphere. This causes the temperature anomaly and the brain/skull is heated beyond reasonable levels.
The temperature anomaly may adversely affects the functioning of the brain/skull such as the cognitive or motor functions such as thinking, personality, movement, balance, breathing, heartbeat, digestion, etc., adversely over a long period of time and in some rare cases, immediately by affecting negatively the important brain parts such as the Cerebrum, Cerebellum and the brain-stem.
The temperature anomaly may destroy the neurons in the Maanava brain. It may adversely impact the wrinkled pattern existing on the cerebral cortex. All this may disturb the existing optimal electrical pulses pattern of the nerves and nerve signals. The signal carrying speed of the neurons may slow down adversely.
The excess heating up may deprive the brain of its own requisite amount of the water and thereby reduce its water content abnormally. This may impact the functioning of the brain negatively, too.
The adverse effect may cause the person to behave abnormally in a way that is synonymous with the behaviour of a brute, uncivilized person or a demon, ghost, devil, monster, etc.
The wearing of the shoes while eating the food or not washing the feet before eating the food may increase the temperature of the feet due to the energy supplied by the food eaten. This may lead to the overall temperature anomaly in the Maanava shareer besides disturbing the functioning of the acupressure points present in the feet.
The acupressure points control functioning of different organs and parts of the Maanava shareer.
When one faces the geographical North direction in the northern hemisphere then one is nearly ideally aligned with the Earth’s magnetic poles. This leads to healthy digestion of the food and a balanced temperature distribution in the Maanava shareer. The overall effect is that the longevity or the life span is enhanced. The healthy mind and shareer make the person make effective useful decisions and act fruitfully in life. It ultimately brings in good fortune in terms of wealth, health and prosperity.
When one faces the geographical South direction in the northern hemisphere then one’s shareer’s magnetic field is not aligned properly with the Earth’s magnetic poles. This leads to unhealthy digestion of the food and an imbalanced temperature distribution in the Maanava shareer causing malfunctioning of the cognitive/motor functioning, thereby resulting into the emergence of evil qualities in the person over a long period of time.
When one faces the geographical West direction in the northern hemisphere then one’s shareer’s magnetic field is not aligned properly with the Earth’s magnetic poles. This leads to unhealthy digestion of the food and an imbalanced temperature distribution in the Maanava shareer causing the person to fall ill.
When one faces the geographical East direction in the northern hemisphere then one is nearly aligned with the Earth’s magnetic poles, though not ideally. This leads to healthy digestion of the food and a balanced temperature distribution in the Maanava shareer. The overall effect is that the longevity or the life span is enhanced.
The following points must be kept in mind while reading this scientific research papers:
(1) The explanation is with reference to the northern hemisphere of the Earth. The opposite holds true in the southern hemisphere of the Earth.
(2) The magnetic North of the Earth is located near its own geographical South Pole and the magnetic South near the geographical North Pole.
(3) The Hindi word ‘PRAET’ means ‘the GHOST’ in the English language. The reference to the ghost in the scriptures quoted in the instant research paper can be decoded as the NEGATIVE ENERGY of any type.
(4) Further research is needed on this topic.
~ Dr Swaamee Aprtemaanandaa Jee
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