LAUGHTER IS THE BEST PREVENTIVE MEDICINE

AUM
LAUGHTER HELPS HUMANS LOVE LIFE
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
Ha Ha Ha –a loud laugh without any inhibitions – well, that is how the session on laughter begins and also ends. Interesting indeed. A number of public parks in India that is Bharat are full of people, young and old, men and women who wish to laugh but have been bereft of occasions and company where a loud laugh is encouraged. There are segments of society in developing countries where the growing girls are taught to be modest, inward bound and while in a family group activity, should be seen and not heard. Such girls have a subdued growth and rarely blossom into cheerful women raring to enjoy life and living and ever ready to pass on all that is Positive to the next generation. The boys do a shade better as yjey are permitted to move around and be outward bound. Nevertheless, they too have to learn a lot to be healthy and happy. The road to happiness is named laughter and the subdued boys and girls have to learn how to shake off inhibitions and attain freedom to grow.
HUMOUR
I see humour here, there and everywhere. I have developed the spontaneity of seeing and experience the lighter side of the situation. If I can describe a situation in the lighter vein, it brings a smile on listeners’ faces. In some, there is ear to ear grin. Some do lend a little sound to situation that is audible in that circle. In any case, it is the sense of humour that helps an individual or a group of human beings break ice and smile. Indeed that is the beginning of your travel on the road leading to health and happiness through Humour and Laughter.
A sense of humour is inborn. It is a birthday gift from God. It is Divine. It is a treasure that you may draw upon and it is never exhausted. The more humorous you are, the healthier and happier you will be. The plus point is that men, women and children around you will be happy too.
Laughter is a by-product of Humour. The two are inseparable identical twins and grow well in each others company. A question arises ; what happens to those who are born sans a sense of humour. Will they be sad and morose all their lives? The answer is a big NO. Humour is present in every human being, the person has to recognize it, cultivate it further, make use of it and share it with society.
The sharing and caring aspect of ones social personality will be ever helpful in the alround development of his or her personality. Just take a step forward, others may take two steps to embrace you and benefit from your humour and laughter.
A spark of humour may develop into a flame of benefit, if you care for it. Every situation in life has a touch of humour, somewhere in big measure and somewhere in small measure. Just know the situation, catch hold of it, use it and do not let go until you have achieved the desired result. Of course, to say something serious in a lighter vein requires efforts and one has to work on it painstakingly. Take it from me, a man with half a centurys experience in the sphere of humour and in the realm of laughter, that it wont be loves labour lost. Your effort will be rewarded and that too in ample measure.
GAINS FROM A HEARTY LAUGH
Indeed the laughter should be from the heart and soul has to be in it. A laugh with heart and soul is the biggest benefactor of the man who cares to laugh. The Readers Digest has been running a column regularly entitled “Laughter The Best Medicine”and the column is read with great interest. May I suggest that it would be appropriate to rename the column as “ Laughter – the Best Preventive Medicine”. One who laughs a lot is bound to save on medical bills. Even unpleasant events emanating from day to-day verbal duels wont be allowed to affect your mind adversely because a laughing man or woman inculcates the ability to “ Laugh It Off. In other words, what bothers the non-laughing man wont bother a person with a sense of humour. The latter never mulls over petty matters that may turn mentally obnoxious. The jovial fellow burns the rubbish with Fire generated by synergy produced by laughter.
However, should a jolly fellow ever fall ill due to reasons beyond his control, he has a self-generated lifeline to hold on to and survive. Well, it is LAUGHTER again. Sickness will vanish into thin air once the sick jolly fellow gives a hearty laugh from the bottom of his stomach – the point that makes a word of command on Parade heard and obeyed.
Ayurveda , Unani, Allopathic or Homoeopathic – all forms of treatment of human illness are unanimous in their opinion on one matter: Laughter is the most effective medication to mind, body and soul when our jolly fellow is laid up in bed coping with the attack of sundry germs, some of whom remained undetected despite the expensive medical equipment imported by private practitioners. Generally speaking, softening the soul when ruffled is the exclusive prerogative of the priest well versed in the realm of the Vedas, the source of divine knowledge. However, Laughter crosses all barriers, be it divine or devilish.
With a view to generating a healthy environment, performance of Havan is highly recommended. Notwithstanding presence of noble souls at the Havan Sthal and chanting of Ved mantras, the effective presence of evil spirits there cannot be totally ruled out. It generated a saying: “ wherever and whenever there is a Yajna , the Rakshasas are bound to make their presence felt by their devilish designs.” Counter them by force and if sufficient force is not under your command, laugh off the adverse situation and carry on with your noble mission. In nine cases out of ten, the Rakshasas will beat a hasty retreat rather than face the divine forces of Rishis combined with that of the Kshatriyas. The men and women who laugh and keep their sense of humour using it in a cool-headed manner would win the battle before it begins.
HEART WEAKENS NOT
God forbid, if you have a weak heart, use Yogic exercises including Pranayam and Laughter, to restore it to robust health. Laughter helps making heart strong and robust. The effective medicine is right under your control and you have to use it regularly. The heart that beats under your chest has a lot to do with your morale and the morale must be high. Even sky is not the limit.
You laugh when you are financially, politically, and sexually clean. If the character is vitiated, the person so affected would remain worried most of the time. How can a worried man laugh? Having known the advantages of a good and clean laughter, an individual would not like to touch a scam even with a barge pole. The greed for money is kept under check by the prospects of good physical, mental and moral health. It is a well known fact that a human being cannot serve God and Mammon both at the same time. In the interest of own health and that of the Nation, it would be advisable not to stash the ill gotten wealth in the Swiss banks and thereby harm health of self and the country.
Allow me to state categorically that Love of Lucre must be forsaken for love of a clean and healthy life. If your life is clean and you have not swindled country or compatriots, you will sleep well. A good sleep will help you be cheerful, laugh well and remain healthy. Cardiologists recommend at least six hours sleep for a robust heart. The robustness is augmented with a good full throated laughter.
Many an occasion lower your morale and you need moral reserve to lift your spirits. A man is known by the company he keeps. If you have morose men as your companions, how can you be cheerful? Please choose your companions wisely and see that they are men and women of cheerful disposition, laugh a lot and do not lose their cool on minor matters. It is the leader of the social group wo leads the way to health and happiness. He and his or her companions should be able to crack jokes that are healthy and yet generate laughter. Indeed the group leader must have the capability to generate a joke at his own cost and must have the capacity to laugh at himself. Please take care to crack clean jokes that do not hit your companions, male or female, below the belt. A joke is a joke and not a weapon to maul a passer by or incapacitate a companion against whom you have been nurturing a grudge for the past few weeks.
It would be a good idea to listen to children’s conversation when they are in a playful mood. Many a time they come out with an anecdote or an original story that generates a smile on an adults face too. Humour is nobody’s monopoly. Anyone may come out with a good joke and make you happy.
May I make a mention of my own experience as to how much relaxed I feel when I have laughed a lot and that too without inhibitions. The advantage plus is a sense of Creativity that comes in unannounced. It encourages you to sit at the computer and the fingers become active on the keyboard. It is a spontaneous act and wakes up the hidden writer in you. The end result is that your creative work goes to the press, sees the light of the day in print. Name, fame and mullah follow as a natural corollary.
One who laughs a lot, relaxes a lot. A relaxed man or woman makes correct decision even when in crisis. It is making the right decision at the right time that brings you in focus and the world looks up to you for guidance and leadership. So keep one and all happy and cheerful by remaining healthy and happy yourself.
When you see someone without a smile, give one of yours !
Email: sawantchitranjan@yahoo.com Mobile: 9811173590.

AUM
HOLI HOLI HAPPY HOLI
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

HOLI HOLI HAPPY HOLI

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM

Holi is a major Hindu festival that welcomes the spring. Holi celebrates the new life and energy of the new season. The weather is balmy and there is fragrance all around. Holi encourages the healthy revelers to spring into action and achieve their individual and collective aims. Indeed, Holi is a vibrant festival that brings unadulterated joy of pleasing colours to the entire social fabric literally and figuratively.

Bharat, that is India, is a predominantly agrarian country. Holi is preceded by harvesting of a variety of crops and, therefore, it gives the farmers and their families a genuine springboard to go in for real merriment. The fresh grain is offered as “aahuti“ to Agni when the Holika, bonfire is lighted. The roasted grains are given to the assembled men, women and children as “yajna-shesh or prasad. Thus a predominantly social festival also assumes an agrarian touch.

Going by various legends about the origin of Holi one finds that the festival of colours is immersed in the literary and theatrical activities of the society in the entire country, mainly in the northern parts of India. In Hindi literature poems of Surdas recount the Holi – sprinkling of water colours – in the Braj Bhumi which was the scene of action of Yogeshwar Shri Krishna. Another legend talks of Prahalad, a child devotee of Lord Vishnu being chastised by his own father, Hiranakashyap who was an atheist out and out. The sister of the said atheist king, named Holika had a boon to walk through rising flames of fire and come out unscathed.

Although miracles are illogical and the Vedic Dharm does not subscribe to it but some people believe that when the said sister called Holika tried to harm the devotee Prahalad by sitting with him in a lighted bonfire, it was he who survived and she was reduced to ashes. Lighting of the bonfire on the eve of Holi – Holi of sprinkling colours – reminds people of the evil being destroyed by burning and the Truth surviving against all odds. Some of these legends give religious roots to the festival of Holi.

Another version of the burning of the evil is sighted as burning of Kamdev, lord of passion by Lord Shiv. Indeed, Shiv is the Vedic name of the Almighty who inspires human beings to do good Karm and reap the harvest accordingly.

SOCIAL SOLIDARITY
In order to move forward on the path of progress, a society needs cohesion. People need solidarity and unity of purpose. The festival of Holi provides a golden opportunity to the entire society to go in for a big-big celebration, without any discrimination of caste, creed, colour or sex. In celebrating Holi one is for all and all are for one. The King and the commoner are encouraged to embrace each other after sprinkling colours or applying dry colours on each other’s face.
In the sprinkling of colours there is a free flow of fun and frolic, mirth and merriment. Although social “Lakshman Rekhas“ exist but they are crossed more often than not. One covers ones excesses by offering an excuse in a sentence saying “Bura na maano Holi hai. “(please do not take it ill, after all it is Holi). So say the young and the old alike. For a change there is no gender bias at all.

Old foes may make up and become friends by embracing each other on Holi. The festival may also bring a change of heart. Generally speaking it is for the better.

HOLI AND HUMOUR
Holi is humour in action. While humour is predominant, poems of amorous nature are not conspicuous by their absence. In fact recitations of love poems are encouraged in certain sections of the society. In some parts of the country, a day or two after the main festival of Holi gatherings are organised to celebrate “ALL FOOLS DAY.“ It is a part of the weeklong celebrations in the merry making society. The continual merry making also promotes `hasya kavi sammelan or humour dominated poetic symposia.
There is fun in ample measure. At the end of the day a jury of sorts selects “dunce of the day“. This title is given to a man or a woman who says the silliest sentence or performs the most foolish act which will put an ass to shame. The person so chosen is crowned with a dunce cap, is given a seat of honour and is politely requested to perform a foolish act for the assembled audience once again. The dunce of the day is the focus of attention until the closure of the event. Of course, it is a part of the ongoing fun and frolic where no offence is meant and none taken.

The spring festival similar to the Indian Holi is celebrated in many other parts of the world too. Of course, in the Indian sub continent it is celebrated in March every year. Going by the Hindu calendar, the celebration is on the full moon in the month of Phalgun. A synonym of Holi is Phag or Phagwah, apparently a derivative of the month of Phalgun.
The Spring is around. If a spring comes, can Holi be far behind? So it is time for burning the evil and imbibing the noble. Celebration with gusto is an integral part of human nature. Man loves festivity. Dancing, singing and feasting form a part of Holi celebrations. Exuberance is in evidence all over. Indeed, the spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood emerges and provides social solidarity.

Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM
609, Sector-29
Arun Vihar, NOIDA-201303. INDIA
Tel: 0091-120-2454622
Mob: 0091-9811173590
Email: upvanom@yahoo.com
Vedicupvan@ redifftmail.com

HOLI HOLI HAPPY HOLI

By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM
AUM
HOLI HOLI HAPPY HOLI
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSM

Holi is a major Hindu festival that welcomes the spring. Holi celebrates the new life and energy of the new season. The weather is balmy and there is fragrance all around. Holi encourages the healthy revelers to spring into action and achieve their individual and collective aims. Indeed, Holi is a vibrant festival that brings unadulterated joy of pleasing colours to the entire social fabric literally and figuratively.

Bharat, that is India, is a predominantly agrarian country. Holi is preceded by harvesting of a variety of crops and, therefore, it gives the farmers and their families a genuine springboard to go in for real merriment. The fresh grain is offered as “aahuti“ to Agni when the Holika, bonfire is lighted. The roasted grains are given to the assembled men, women and children as “yajna-shesh or prasad. Thus a predominantly social festival also assumes an agrarian touch.

Going by various legends about the origin of Holi one finds that the festival of colours is immersed in the literary and theatrical activities of the society in the entire country, mainly in the northern parts of India. In Hindi literature poems of Surdas recount the Holi – sprinkling of water colours – in the Braj Bhumi which was the scene of action of Yogeshwar Shri Krishna. Another legend talks of Prahalad, a child devotee of Lord Vishnu being chastised by his own father, Hiranakashyap who was an atheist out and out. The sister of the said atheist king, named Holika had a boon to walk through rising flames of fire and come out unscathed.

Although miracles are illogical and the Vedic Dharm does not subscribe to it but some people believe that when the said sister called Holika tried to harm the devotee Prahalad by sitting with him in a lighted bonfire, it was he who survived and she was reduced to ashes. Lighting of the bonfire on the eve of Holi – Holi of sprinkling colours – reminds people of the evil being destroyed by burning and the Truth surviving against all odds. Some of these legends give religious roots to the festival of Holi.

Another version of the burning of the evil is sighted as burning of Kamdev, lord of passion by Lord Shiv. Indeed, Shiv is the Vedic name of the Almighty who inspires human beings to do good Karm and reap the harvest accordingly.

SOCIAL SOLIDARITY
In order to move forward on the path of progress, a society needs cohesion. People need solidarity and unity of purpose. The festival of Holi provides a golden opportunity to the entire society to go in for a big-big celebration, without any discrimination of caste, creed, colour or sex. In celebrating Holi one is for all and all are for one. The King and the commoner are encouraged to embrace each other after sprinkling colours or applying dry colours on each other’s face.
In the sprinkling of colours there is a free flow of fun and frolic, mirth and merriment. Although social “Lakshman Rekhas“ exist but they are crossed more often than not. One covers ones excesses by offering an excuse in a sentence saying “Bura na maano Holi hai. “(please do not take it ill, after all it is Holi). So say the young and the old alike. For a change there is no gender bias at all.

Old foes may make up and become friends by embracing each other on Holi. The festival may also bring a change of heart. Generally speaking it is for the better.

HOLI AND HUMOUR
Holi is humour in action. While humour is predominant, poems of amorous nature are not conspicuous by their absence. In fact recitations of love poems are encouraged in certain sections of the society. In some parts of the country, a day or two after the main festival of Holi gatherings are organised to celebrate “ALL FOOLS DAY.“ It is a part of the weeklong celebrations in the merry making society. The continual merry making also promotes `hasya kavi sammelan or humour dominated poetic symposia.
There is fun in ample measure. At the end of the day a jury of sorts selects “dunce of the day“. This title is given to a man or a woman who says the silliest sentence or performs the most foolish act which will put an ass to shame. The person so chosen is crowned with a dunce cap, is given a seat of honour and is politely requested to perform a foolish act for the assembled audience once again. The dunce of the day is the focus of attention until the closure of the event. Of course, it is a part of the ongoing fun and frolic where no offence is meant and none taken.

The spring festival similar to the Indian Holi is celebrated in many other parts of the world too. Of course, in the Indian sub continent it is celebrated in March every year. Going by the Hindu calendar, the celebration is on the full moon in the month of Phalgun. A synonym of Holi is Phag or Phagwah, apparently a derivative of the month of Phalgun.
The Spring is around. If a spring comes, can Holi be far behind? So it is time for burning the evil and imbibing the noble. Celebration with gusto is an integral part of human nature. Man loves festivity. Dancing, singing and feasting form a part of Holi celebrations. Exuberance is in evidence all over. Indeed, the spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood emerges and provides social solidarity.

Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant, VSM
609, Sector-29
Arun Vihar, NOIDA-201303. INDIA
Tel: 0091-120-2454622
Mob: 0091-9811173590
Email: upvanom@yahoo.com
Vedicupvan@ redifftmail.com

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AUM. I AM 82 YEARS OLD AND BY THE GRACE OF ISHWAR AND GOOD WISHES OF LOVED ONES AM ENJOYING GOOD HEALTH. I AM A RETIRED ARMY BRIGADIER AND HAD HUNG MY SPURS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY AGO. I AM A MEDIA COMMENTATOR AND HAVE BEEN DOING RUNNING COMMENTARY ON THE REPUBLIC DAY PARADE AT RAJPATH NEW DELHI AND INDEPENDENCE DAY CEREMONY AT THE RED FORT FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. I AM HAPPILY MARRIED. OUR TWO DAUGHTERS AND A SON ARE WELL SETTLED IN LIFE. NOW I TRAIN THE NEW GENERATION IN THE ART OF PUBLIC SPEAKING.
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