On the eve of Mahashivatri scientists back the Jagarana


Mahashivaratri is the festival of Lord Shiva. Mahashivaratri is a day of upavasa. Mahashivaratri is a night of jagarana.
Upavasa or fasting in hindu tradition is nothing but trying to pass a day to reach a state of ecstatic intoxication. During upavasa deeksha or the fasting the body is given a day of no food input which otherwise is done three or four times on any other day.Doctors also advice the fasting to all for the health benefits of the process in detoxification of the body.
Intoxication of the body generally happens under the effect of alcohol or similar sort of stuff but here in the upavasa jagarana deeksha a devtee reaches the state of experiencing the intoxication of mind and soul via meditation and japa, a way to take away the thoughts from everyday chores and concentrating on the Almighty, in turn looking inwards towards the God residing in everyone of us. Here intoxication is no where negative but is a pure state of mind fully concentrated on the Lord and experiencing the divinity through the darkest hour of the night. Enlightening oneself that even through the darkest phase of life the divine within is always present and even the darkest and most difficult time passes away to see the dawn of another bright day.
After the Uttharayana begins or the time when the earth’s northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun or the period between Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox Mahashivaratri is celebrated on the 14th day of waning phase of the moon in the month of Magha i.e., in the month of february or march. The celestial arrangements of the sun,the earth,the moon on Mahashivatri is in such a way that Vata component of the body gets activated and the activity is maximum during this time of the year. This is component made up of air and ether and responsible for human body movement and activity including nervous system, body nutrition system and memory. Upavasa and Jagarana helps in cleansing and lubricating of the Panch Vata namely Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana, Vyana, according to Ayurveda. Thus, helping in the upliftment of ones physical,mental and spiritual states.
When the whole world is acknowledging the facts and benefits of yoga and meditation through practise, science is also Backing the advantages of Jagarana on the auspicious night of Mahashivaratri.
After sleep deprivation of more than 18 hours there is evidence of antidepressive effect on the body resulting in the mood upliftment. Study confirmed that the process of Jagarana in which after spending the whole night awake and nexxt day as usual with proper diet and sleeping early in the evening helps in improved sleep continuity and depth to wake up with more power and energy as there is increase in the levels of serotonin & noradrenaline hormones which are also known as happiness hormones. So Jagaran actually sets ones biological clock to zero in turn helping resetting the biochemical regulation of the body. Scientists caution that Jagaran should not be misunderstood to chronic sleep deprivation. Time and again its proved that Hinduism and its traditions are a way of life.

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