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Eight Secrets of a Long Life

Diabetes



Symptoms: Incessant desire for urination, burning sensation in the urinary tract, continuous thirst and sweet taste in the mouth, attraction of flies and ants towards the urine, headache, dizziness, pale and dry skin, becoming old in appearance at a young age, discomfort all over the body, etc., taken together, are the indications of diabetes. It is often found that diabetic persons suffer from cataracts.

Causes: It is not always the case that sugar is present in the urine of diabetes patients. Diabetes with sugar in the urine is called “somaroga” or “madhumeha”. Diabetes without sugar is called “mu´tra´tisa´ra” or “udakameha”.

Procedure for Fasting

Voluntary fasting on certain days is called “upavása”. The derivative meaning of the word “upavása” is to remain in proximity to Iishvara; that is to say, to keep one’s mind absorbed in the thought of Iishvara. Those who have received initiation into Ananda Marga Iishvara Prańidhána must observe fasting compulsorily on all ekádashii days (the eleventh day after the new or full moon). Sannyásiis and renunciates must also fast on all púrńimá and amávasyá days.

On a fast day no food is to be eaten from sunrise until sunrise of the next day. Drinking water is also forbidden on fast days. If, due to unavoidable circumstances, a person is unable to fast on the prescribed day, then he or she must fast on either the preceding or the following day. During sickness, fasting is not required, but in such cases written permission will have to be obtained from the Dharma Pracára Secretary of the Saḿgha.

On and around the times of new and full moon, one may observe that the gaseous and aqueous factors in the body rise up into the head and chest, creating an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, if a person does not take food at these times, these factors will be drawn down from the higher portions of the body to the lower portions, thereby alleviating the uncomfortable feeling.

The food that we take is converted, through transformation, into its final essence, called shukra. Shukra is the food of the brain. From it, the ectoplasmic particles of the unit mind are produced. If one fasts according to the system, no excess shukra will excite the lower vrttis of the mind, and the mind will be led toward the higher vrttis. Furthermore, as a result of fasting, the poisonous and unnecessary waste of the body gets destroyed and expelled. Moreover, the energy that is not expended in digesting food can be utilized for other purposes. Therefore, a fast day is an excellent time for sádhaná.

Benefits of exercising and dieting

David Cosnecos At 215 pounds is happier and healthier than every he was a year ago. Now he is motivated to help others.

David Cosnecos demonstrates the streches he used to shed more than 110 pounds.
Students makes healthy choices
By: Shamhbu Sharan
Posted: 11/26/08
Eastfield nutrition and exercise science sophomore David Cosnecos (19) lost 110 pounds in one year by exercising and dieting.

"During my young age it didn't matter for some reasons," Cosnecos said. "I felt bad about my shape, especially in high school. When I got older, I became self-conscious."

After graduating from high school in November 2006, Cosnecos started riding his mountain bike, cycling, running and practicing yoga.

The first time, he rode his cycle 20 miles to Eastfield from his home, and continued using it, going to a gym and other places.

He started running for three to four minutes and it gradually increased his running time.

In addition to exercising, Cosnecos controlled his eating and drinking habits. He was eating until he was full. He started eating portions serving size. He stopped drinking sodas, and eating cookies, cakes and chips.

Cosnecos now eats rice, oatmeal, and vegetables; broccoli, carrots, potatoes and celery," "I stay away from fried food." Cosnecos said.

He used the internet to find good food choices.

Cosnecos lost his weight gradually and felt good. He exercises regularly 12 hours a week.

"I tried to lose weight to look better, to be healthier and happier," Cosnecos said.
"That was my motivation."
Cosnecos feels differenct after losing his weight.

"It is such a big difference being a different person," Cosnecos said. "I was less resistance to gravity. It is so much difference. I couldn't imagine it."

Cosnecos practices yoga and meditation as form of exercise.

"I started doing yoga and meditation, which helped me to keep myself focus and gave me a lot of mental strength," Cosnecos said.

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