Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Energy Dissipator, God Shiva and River Ganga- Revealing Fact about Hydro Projects

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"Incident of River Ganges Coming to Earth from Heaven"

Mythological incidents gives a lot of valuable insight and information about many common as well as technical processes employed in various activities. It needs only some careful studies to identify them and constant research to develop them to a level wherein they can be put into practise in our day to day life.

Ganga is not only largest but also a very sacred river of India. The sacredness of this river can be guessed from the fact that its water never gets putrefy no matter how long you keep it into storage.
According to our mythology Ganga was born as a Goddess in Heaven in pot of God Brahma while he was worshipping Lord Vamana (Incarnation of God Vishnu). Story further goes like this that only Goddess Ganga had the power to purify the sins and liberate the souls of the dead. There used to be a king on earth named Sagar who had 60000 sons and they have committed a mistake by the virtue of which there souls could not be liberated. It took seven generation's hard penance to please God Brahma to let Ganga come on earth. But God Brahma told to seventh descendant of King Sagar-Bhagiratha that force (or velocity) of Ganga while descending from Heaven to earth will be so much that it will overhelm the entire earth. To avoid this Bhagiratha has to convince God Shiva to bear the energy of Riven Ganga and then let her flow to earth.This is how River Ganga came to earth from Heaven.

Now taking reference of this mythological story we can deduce some very important information that can be put to use in the construction of our Hydro Power Projects.
Considering Heaven as Upstream Area and Earth as Downstream Area, River Ganga flows from Upstream to Downstream with a very high velocity and force. God Shiva was present in downstream area on Mountain Kailash who have dissipated the energy of River Ganga to prevent the overhelming. 
Taking Shivlinga as a symbol of God Shiva, a valuable inference can be drawn from this mythological story that "Shape of ShivaLinga can act as Best Energy Dissipator".
Definition of Energy Dissipator in reference to Hydro Projects can be cited as "Energy dissipators are any device designed to protect downstream areas from erosion by reducing the velocity of flow to acceptable limits."

Finally, we can deduce from this mythological incident
"that function of God Shiva was nothing more than that of Energy Dissipator. We can put this fact to our benefit only if we conduct a serious research on this fact and compare it with the results obtained from other energy dissipators."

By Now,Friends you also must have started feeling that Our History, Our Mythology and Our Religion is all based on Pure Science, only we need to decipher them.
Friends Voyage is still on, so wait for this historic Ship's next anchored coordinates.

*This inference came out during discussion with Ram Kishore Gupta (President,Water Resource Management Forum who is also a Retired Chief Engineer) wherein we were discussing about applications of scientific aspects of general religious beliefs.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tulsi or Holy Basil- Story of Ritual developed out of Science

"Tulsi" often called as Holy Basil in English is one of the most sacred plant in Hinduism religion. The other part of the story is that Tulsi is not only important from religious point of view but has great medical significance too.
There are numerous properties of Tulsi that can be enlisted as follows-
  • It has stupendous healing powers.
  • Useful in Cough, Cold and Fever.
  • It has anti-cancerous and anti-oxidant properties.
  • Useful for decreasing blood glucose and cholesterol level.
  • It is widely used in cases of skin, teeth or eyes disorders in various forms.
  • Helps in strengthening immune system of the body.
  • Its aroma keeps away insects and mosquitoes from the house.
Perhaps this is the reason it is said in Hindu Religion that  Households who plant Tulsi in their houses never suffers from illness. Also, today you will still find this plant of Tulsi in most of the households in India despite transition towards modernity by mass population and diminishing values in changing times.

A Ritual formed on Scientific Basis-

There is a popular custom in India that whenever you go to any temple in India, the priest there gives you tulsi with water and asks you to gulp it.

Have you ever thought why he does so OR what might be the reasons behind this common ritual which is being practiced since times immemorial?

I have tried figuring out through various literature and came across a remarkable fact and explanation about this ritual.But before that, 'Hat Off" to our ancestors who have really device enduring social systems in the interest of all.Yeah, our sages were great scientists and genius who were aware of the medical value of tulsi but also know that to preach it to general masses would be a task that will not be feasible at one go. So they might have associated it with a religious practice so people just follow it without any 'do &don't' in their mind.
This would keep them away from most of the diseases and all knows that health is a preliminary key to happiness.

This is a fact that Tulsi has immense medicinal value apart from several other benefits but there is also a method underlined each benefit which must be followed exactly the same way to get most out of it. To elaborate it- Tulsi is also very rich in 'Mercury' content which is good for our body in a consumable form found in Tulsi but is bad for our teeth. This is why our religious practices have made it necessary in the form of ritual to never bite a fresh tulsi leaf and to gulp it with water only. This way we can get all the benefits of Tulsi without damaging our teeth.

We know very well that it is a vain effort to explain science to masses and asked them to follow it BUT still........
Science and Technology is only useful when its benefits reaches to masses and helps in the development of whole society. Sages in Ancient times must have understood this idealism very well and thus had devised ways(associating it with religious ritual) to make it sure that benefits of science reaches to all levels of society.

Note- With reference to Japan Nuclear Disaster, I want to bring this fact to limelight that many studies and researches had suggested that Tulsi can also help to protect organs from 'radiation poisoning' .