03/16/98 - 1698
The Jiva Institute Newsletter
India (VNN) - Published by Jiva Institute, Faridabad, Haryana,
March 16, 1998
This is a periodic newsletter from Jiva Institute. Here you will
find news on Indian topics related to education, health (Ayurveda)
GEOMETRY INVENTED IN INDIA
The word 'Geometry' seems to have emerged from the Indian word
'Gyaamiti, which means measuring the Earth. The word 'Trigonometry
is similar to the word 'Trikonmiti', meaning measuring triangular
Euclid is credited with the invention of Geometry in 300 BCE while
the concept of Geometry in India, emerged in 1000 BCE. The treatise
of 'Surya Siddhanta' in (4th Century CE) describes amazing details
of trigonometry which were introduced to Europe 1200 years later
in the 16th Century by Briggs.
THE VALUE OF 'PI'
The ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle in
known as Pi, which give its value as 3.14592657932. The old Sanskrit
text Baudhayana Shulba Sutra of the 6th Century BCE mentions this
ratio as approximately equal to 3.
Aryabhatta in 499 BCE worked out the value of Pi to the 4th decimal
place, as 3 (177/1250) = 3.1416. Centuries later, in 825 CE, the
Arab mathematician, Mohammed Ibna Musa, said that "this value
62832/20000 has been given by the Hindus (Indians)".
THE PYTHOGORAS THEOREM OR THE BAUDHAYANA THEOREM The so-called
Pythagoras Theorem- the square of the hypotenuse of a right angled
triangle is equal to the sum of the square of the other two sides-
was worked out earlier by Indian mathematicians.
In Baudhayana Shulba Sutra, a treatise dating back to the 6th
Century BCE, it is described that "the area produced by the diagonal
of a rectangle is equal to the sum of the area produced by it
on two sides."
SYMPOSIUM ON VEDIC ASTROLOGY
A workshop on Vastu Sastra presented by B. Niranjan Babu, publisher
of The Astrological Magazine, was the highlight of a six-day fifth
International Symposium on Vedic Astrology held
in San Diego, California, recently. It was sponsored by the Institute
of Vedic Astrology, American Council of Vedic Astrology and the
American Institute of Vedic Studies.
It was for the first time the Vastu Sastra (the Vedic science
of architecture) was discussed at this symposium series. Babu
dwelt on various aspects of building construction as contained
in the Vedic Vastu Sastra system.
The symposium was attended by more than 300 people.
LAUNCH OF ELEMENTARY SERIES COMPUTER BOOKS (I to V)
Jiva Institute is pleased to announce that Jiva's Elementary Series
books, "Computers for Kids" is ready. These books are written
by Jiva's Educational Director, Mr. Steven Rudolph and Meenakshi
Chauhan, and follow the concept of Computers as a Resource. The
books are based on an innovative computer syllabus, which covers
a wide range of skill areas, including fundamentals of computers,
mousing and keyboarding, applied computers, computer values and
behavior, multimedia, art skills and Internet skills. Each "Computers
for Kids" book goes along with software designed by Jiva Institute.
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES
The "National Progressive Schools Conference" had organized an
all India conference on the occasion of the combined celebration
of its silver jubilee and the golden jubilee of India's independence.
The theme of the conference was "Partnership in Education". Mr.
Steven Rudolph was a lead speaker in one of the sessions on 20th
February, 1998 and the topic of discussion was " Computers as
a tool for learning". Nearly 85 Principals and teachers from leading
schools were present for the event.
The USIS (United States Information Service) organized a seminar
at the American Center Library on the 18th of Feburary, 1998.
Dr. Richard Sweeney Halsey from New York spoke on 'Cirriculum
Development and policy in Computer Education'. Jiva's Educational
Director, Mr. Steven Rudolph lectured on 'The Use of Internet
and Information Technology in Schools'. The event proved to be
successful for Jiva in spreading the concept of "Computers as
a Resource". We are receiving phone calls from schools from all
over India, for teacher training and similar seminars to be conducted
in their respective schools and more queries are coming regarding
implementing the Jiva Learning System in schools.
Jiva also delivered a seminar in Hamdard Public School, who want
to implement the Jiva Learning System in their school at Delhi
and also in one of the branches at Karachi. A number of other
schools including Yadvindar Public School, Chandigarh and DAV
School, Faridabad, have organised such seminars for their teachers.
USIS APPROVES JIVA'S $60,000 PROJECT
USIS had confirmed the proposal given by Jiva on the "Eco Friendly
School Project" for support under Indo - American Environmental
Cyber television has asked Jiva Institute to make a Computer based
T.V show in which the program will focus on non-formal method
of interactive learning and making learning more of fun than education.
COME WORK WITH JIVA IN INDIA
In our previous news letter we had asked you if you are interested
in working to improve computer education in India. In our efforts
to achieve our goals we at Jiva require text book writers and
content developers for innovative computer text books which are
revolutionary in their approach. We also require people for planning
and developing of environmental activities as recently we have
collaborated with USIS and will work for Indo American environment
projects for school children to bring awareness among them.
Our requirement is also for people who can write computer based
T.V Shows which has to be both educative and entertaining, editors,
academic teachers, computer art and graphics, software programming.
In addition we need people who would like learn Ayurveda or get
training under Dr.Partap S. Chauhan. All such people may kindly
write to Dr. Partap (email@example.com), for further information.
We would like to know how you would be able to contribute after
going through our requirements. We would also like to know what
will be your requirements and for how long would you like to stay
in India and what are your expectations from us in return to your
contribution? If you've ever dreamed of working in India, perhaps
this is your chance.
AYURVEDA COURSES ON INTERNET ( LEVEL 2)
The level 2 of our Ayurvedic Online course will begin from April
Those who are interested to join should write to our Ayurvedic
The level 1 has started on March 9 and will go on till April 6,
1998. Those of you who could not join may still join if you think
you can catch up. We have posted the second lecture today.
MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS: AN AYURVEDIC VIEW
BY DR. PARTAP S.CHAUHAN
During my interaction with people over the internet, I have been
asked some interesting questions about milk and milk products.
I have heard different views on whether milk is good or not good
for our system. Recently I have heard that there was some new
research which says that milk is only beneficial for children.
It is difficult for me to comment on the topic according to modern
scientific view, but as an Ayurvedic expert, I thought it will
be nice to share the Ayurvedic view on milk and milk products.
According to Ayurveda, milk is considered as an important part
of diet. "Astang Sangraha" an ancient text of Ayurveda has a complete
section, "Ksheer Varga" , which describes about Milk and milk
QUALITIES OF MILK:
1. Milk has a sweet taste (Rasa).
2. It increases the "Ojas" which is considered to be the essence
of all the "dhatus" (the tissues). So it also nourishes the seven
3. Milk decreases Vatta and Pitta but increases "Kapha".
4. Milk is said to be a good "Vrishya ", which means it increases
the the "Shukra dhatu" (the reproductive tissue). In other words
we can say that milk is a good aphrodisiac.
5. Milk increases the Kapha dhatu and is heavy to digest, so one
should not take cold milk as it tends to be more heavy. Milk should
always be taken hot or warm and after boiling.
6. Milk is cooling in nature (shita virya), which means it has
a cooling effect in the body. So it is good to take milk in the
diseases caused by Pitta.
Amongst the eight types of milk mentioned in Ayurveda, cow's milk
is said to contain the best qualities. Cow's milk is rejuvenating
(Rasayna). It increases the various tissues, increases memory
and immunity. It is easily digested and absorbed in the body.
It is specially good for mothers who are breastfeeding their babies.
QUALITIES OF YOGURT:
1. Yogurt is sour in taste.
2. It is has a binding quality (Grahi). For this quality it is
generally used as a supporting medicine in diarrhea and dysentry.
3.Yogurt is heavy to digest and heating in nautre.
4. It decreases Vata and increases Kapha ,and Pitta .
5. It also increases the blood and reproductive fluids (dhatus)
in the body.
6.Yoghurt made from the creamless milk is good in intestinal disorders
like Sprue, Indigestion and flatulence.
7. It is good to take yogurt with honey, pulses (beans), and Amla
1. Do not eat hot yogurt.
2. Avoid eating too much yogurt in spring and winter.
3. Yogurt should not never be eaten in the night or dinner.
4. Ayurveda also advises that one should not eat yogurt everyday.
That may cause blockage of circulatory channels (srotas).
QUALITIES OF BUTTER:
Ayurveda mentions that fresh home made butter is the best form
of butter and it posseses the best quality.
Fresh butter has sweet, a little sour and bitter taste.
1. It is helps in disorders caused due to Pitta, andVata. It is
also good for curing skin diseases and diseases caused due to
2. It has a binding quality (grahi). For this reason, one should
not eat too much butter as it causes blockage of the circulatory
3. It is good for memory, increase immunity and increases "shukra
dhatu" (reproductive fluid).
QUALITIES OF GHEE:
I am sure most of you are familiar with "ghee". Ghee is a clarified
form of butter which is obtained by heating the butter. Ghee is
commonly used in many Indian recipes and is also used in various
1. Fresh Ghee is good for mind , intelligence and memory.
2. It increases the digesting fire and thus helps improved digestion
and assimilation of the food.
3. It nourishes the body tissues (dhatus) and also increase the
vital fluid known as "Ojas".
4. It is useful in the diseases of Vata andPitta. It is also used
in the treatments of poisoning cases, and chronic fevers.
5. It is used as a main ingredient in different ear and eye disorders
and is used for healing wounds.
So this is a brief description about milk and some of the milk
products mentioned under the "Ksheera varga" (Milk products) head
in the Ayurvedic texts. I have given the Ayurvedic view. I leave
it for you to compare the Ayurvedic view with the modern research,
if you know any. Who knows, you might come up with some new research!
Please feel free to contact me for any further questions.
So till we meet next, enjoy drinking a cup of hot cow's milk everyday!
Dr.Partap S. Chauhan.
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