what is “naturopath”?

Question by dukedebra: what is “naturopath”?

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Answer by Lisa
Naturopaths vary widely–and I mean WIDELY–in what they do but basically it’s someone who believes that nearly all illnesses are either preventable or reversible through proper diet and healthy lifestyle choices.

Naturopaths come in all shapes and sizes. Some are M.D.s, some are PhDs, and some have no formal training at all. Some states license them just like (or close to) M.D.s while in other states naturopathy is illegal. See what I mean by “widely”? 😉

The best are both M.D.s and N.D.s.

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Saptarshis are the founders of Hinduism

Article by Prithviraj Rathod

Origins of Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion with 800 million followers, is a topic of one of the biggest mysteries of World History even today. When confronted with the question of the founder of Hinduism, answers range as follows:

“Relatively little is known about the beginnings of Hinduism or its founders, as it predates recorded history.”

“Hinduism – as I see it – is a coming together of various doctrines and philosophies. To find out the exact origins of Hinduism is a bit pointless, I think. It is like asking – Where did the Ocean Originate”

“Hinduism has no beginning–it precedes recorded history. It has no human founder. It is a mystical religion”

Here is the first ever look on the founder of Hinduism.

Just as there has been a huge amount of migration in the last four centuries from all over the world to United States and other North American provinces, there was a time thousands of years ago, when huge and gigantic rivers like Saraswati were wetting Indian lands, India was the preferred choice of destination for migration. While a lot of places in the world were covered with ice, the Indian subcontinent, with its mighty rivers and its relatively tropical climate, offered the most ideal place for settlements and habitations. Huge number of tribes used to frequently migrate onto the Indian subcontinent in large numbers. Each incoming community had its own tribal deity and the environment became highly polytheistic with every community of few hundred or thousand individuals having its own God. With thousands of deities present all over the place, the essence of religion itself was completely lost. It was necessary to arrest this polytheism and bring some sanity. That’s when an institution called Saptarshis was formed.

Hinduism originated from the efforts of a well-formed organizational institution headed by Seven Sages, called Saptarshis, who aimed at arresting the excessive polytheism resulting from these migrations. Just as we have Pope for Christianity today, Hinduism, from the beginning, had this institution of seven sages who were mentioned in the Hindu scriptures as the patriarchs of the religion. They used certain scriptures called Vedas to arrest polytheism, and took excessive pains to integrate all these different deities under one hood of a universal religion. They very strictly guarded the Vedic body of knowledge, and the copy of the Vedas available with them was considered to be the final copy.

Any changes to the Vedas were needed to be approved by this elite group of sages. If the reasons were justified, they approved the changes and incorporated them into the Vedas. Otherwise, they rejected it and kept the Vedas intact without any contamination. From what appears, they were extremely strict about changes to the Vedas. Even to this day of Hinduism, a word in Veda is normally considered as the final authority to the literal T. And this faith in Vedas was built upon a tradition where the Vedas were very strictly and jealously guarded from any changes whatsoever, unless the change really justified it. Some super human justification was required to have them changed. Any changes, to the extent possible, were always added as appendages rather than their being incorporated into the Vedas. So we have Brahmanas, Aranyakas, and Upanishads as appendages to the Vedas. As more and more philosophy developed, all of them got incorporated into this body as appendages.

It is this institution of seven sages who founded Hinduism, by expending a large amount of effort over thousands of years in unifying a large number of traditions from across civilizations into one single religion of Hinduism that we see today. The Hindu trinity, the Hindu divine hierarchy, the Hindu festivals, and everything else that we see today were formulated by them. It is they who inserted Purusha Sukta, Narayana Sukta, and Sri Sukta into the Vedas – these hymns, which are so important to the religion today, were once not part of Vedas. These hymns were the means by which the integration was done.

The names of the Saptarshis carried over from one generation to the next. For example, if Kasyap dies, his son would take on the name of Kasyap and get inducted into the Saptarshis. Once in a while, for some reason, like one of the seven rishis dying without having any children, the names of the one or more of the rishis changed, giving us a different set of Saptarshis.

The religion got so excessively dependent on these sages that they started being considered as the representatives of the creator on earth. This slowly led to their deification and they started being mythicized. They were declared as the mind born sons of God. Subsequently, they were equated with the most evolved light beings in the creation and the guardians of divine laws. Further deification of their attributes led to the addition of more and more myths and halo around them. This sort of excessive mythicization finally led to the relegation of this institution from the purview of the real world into the realm of mythology, to the extent that they started being regarded as mythical personalities.

This institution got destroyed at the time of the three hundred year severe drought of 2200 BC. At that time, most of the Indians, devastated by the drought, left India for foreign shores, especially to European lands. Because of the severe suffering that people underwent because of the drought, people lost faith in a useless God who did not answer their prayers, leading to the rise of atheistic cults on the subcontinent. The institution of seven sages got destroyed in this religious upheaval and societal turbulence, as a result of which, the origins of Hinduism have once and for all become lost in the dungeons of time, becoming the source of intense mystery to this day.

Saptarshis are the founders of Hinduism. The Seven Sages laid down the Origins of Hinduism.

About the Author

Excerpts from Prithviraj Rathod’s book “19000 Years of World History: The Story of Religion,” available on all online book stores. The book’s blog has more on Hinduism Founder, Hinduism Timeline, and other concepts of Hinduism.

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You’re Belief in Astrology

1)      Belief in astrology had excised in ancient times and with the passage of time, it continues to exist in modern times. The concept of belief in astrology had been changing from time to time and I would attribute even this to the planetary position. This is proved by the fact that in last few years or so, there have been spate of astrological functions and increase in number of journals on astrology. This is also attributed to the earlier exchange of Saturn and Jupiter i.e. Jupiter in the sing of Saturn (Capricorn) and Saturn in the sing of Jupiter (Pisces) and later together in Aries and Taurus.


2)      I am not her for the criticism of astrologers and those the practice of astrologers and those the practice the science but I am not for the development of the divine science-astrology with reference to modern times. It is true that the astrology had not received the needed patronage from the old times rulers and present day governments but still it is holding its head high in view of involvement of all learned in various fields having an interest in astrology – it would be apt to say that persons from all walks of life have taken to astrology and its study i.e. bankers, doctors, judge, lawyers etc.


3)      Some still critics the science and my answer is only that they must lean the subject and then critics. Long back Lord Bacon and said that astrology must not be reject but be purged of its errors. This is possible only by its study with reference to changing times.


4)      No one is free from the force planets. Destiny – as determined by your birth Chart, can make a beggar a king and a king a beggar. Rise and fall of politicians the present day kings is well known. This is all attributed to planetary force. For example.


“Oh Destiny I the greatest ruler of beggars to kings No worldly power can stop the flight of your wings, On you depends whether the world weeps or sings, Solely its you that governs the shape of things.


5)      With planetary forces, come the role of your karma and in astrology, the karma of previous births have also a say. This would depend on the rising sign at your birth and other planetary position. Without be apt to say that ‘Destiny’ is relentlessly incontrovertible and is virtual governor of every facet of human life. No one from peon to Prime Minister can escape its mandate. Astrologers had been playing a major role in all facts of human life not now but right from the inception of human race itself. Only forms have changed.


6)      Astrology no longer remains a mystic science with some religious persons. It has come to stay as a modern science based on scientific facts and research. Astrological principles coined after constant observations do hold good and it is this reason that a mere look at the horoscope would enable the Astrology to sya about the Raj-yogas and other matters of human life. All facets of human life i.e. interpretation of every phase of human life from womb to tomb come under ambit of Astrology.


7)      There is a vast field for research in the astrological principles. Every year, astro-contest is conducted and one or tow horoscopes are sent to all astrologers but it is seen that astrologers feel shy of writing or sharing their art of prediction. I take this opportunity to appeal to lovers of astrology to come out with their knowledge. Knowledge is like monetary wealth which unless circulated for the benefit of humanity.


8)      In astrology- Hindu Astrology- we have seven planets – the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn apart from two Nodes of the Moon-Rahu and Ketu. Even among the astrologers, difference of opinion continues till today whether Rahu and Ketu work independently or give results only with association of the planets. I am of opinion, that in vie of Nakshtra owned and the Dasha of Rahu and Ketu in Vimshotri, they are in a poison to work independently though the totality of horoscope cannot be ignored.


9)      There has been a continuous dispute as to whether Astrology is a Science or not. Without dwelling at length on this topic, I would say that Astrology- though a perfect science can be ranked both as a science and as art. Some of the astrologers have called it as science of combinations. It is true that astrological combinations give the needed predictions but at the same time. Astrology has all the qualifications to be ranked as ‘Science’ i.e. principles, methodology and repetition. In standard ancient texts, astrological principle has been well laid down and they are valid and applicable till today. Here a mention of the few standard works would suffice: Brihat Prasahar horashastra. Brihat Jatak, Sarvarth Chintamani, Jatak Parijat and others.


10)  It is unfortunate that now-a-days every 10th persons claim to be an Astrologer. Astrology is the only subject which cannot be learnt without teaching by some other learned persons or institution. A practical knowledge in the art of prediction is possible only when the application of the astrological principle is understood by reference to the horoscopes of individuals, nations and their rulers. These birth charts need to be studied from difference angles so as to enable astrologers to give well-founded predictions.


11)  Astrology is the most ancient science of all science. Astrology comprehends something higher, mysterious and subtle – it has hidden powers to get to the should of the native. The predictions given are merely for guidance and actually this would depend on personal skill, devotion and institutive pores of the Astrologer. Only god-gifted Astrologer can tell the truth though every time every astrologer cannot give truthful prediction. The over-all principle is that NO ASTROLOGY is BRAHMA.

Dr. Shanker Adawal, Jyotishacharya in Astrology is a professional and Astrology is his passion and an urge. His predictive technique is based on Bhrigu Technique whose principles and doctrines have been deciphered from research of above two decades . He is a professional in the field of telecommunications. He is presently working for one of the Fortune 500 Indian companies at a senior position. Did his MBA and PhD. and worked with Multinationals in India and abroad, before joining his presnt assignment. He has travelled extensively both in India and abroad. He also has keen interest in Human Rights.He got interested in astrology when he was young, did his Jyotishacharya. His desire and aspiration to share the findings of his research and the new dimensions which can be given to the science of astrology. www.connectingmind.com

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Q&A: What types of “alternative medicine” have you tried and found very effective?

Question by Smiley: What types of “alternative medicine” have you tried and found very effective?
I usually have no luck with herbal remedies, aroma therapy oils, chinese medicines etc. perhaps because they are so complicated to use and I mess things up or am not using them properly. Have any of these things really worked with anyone and what was particularly effective?

Best answer:

Answer by mychellelynne
I have used Epsom Salts to help with body pain. I get the lavendar smelling stuff. It relaxs me too. I usually sit in the bath for an hour with it. It is better than using meds.

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