We all should come together to start a program to organize
revolutionary activities in the field of health. Collective efforts
generate enthusiasm, self-satisfaction and the motivation to work
for the social welfare. Some suggestions regarding public health are
11. PROMOTING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Growing fruits and vegetables and planting trees and flowers can be
very beneficial. Flowers should be planted around houses, variety of
beans and gourd creepers should be grown on rooftops, holy basil
saplings should be sown in the front yard and flowers and other
plants should be planted wherever space is available. [ . . . ] Houses
usually have free space where vegetables and flowers can be grown.
If the gardening activities are handled by family members, they will
become hard working and improve their health.
Regional campaigns should be undertaken to encourage the
growth of fruits and vegetables. [ . . . ] Planting big trees should be
considered a holy act. Tree-planting campaigns should be enacted
for the planting of trees in all public spaces. Community gardens
should also be developed. [ . . . ] Arrangements should be made so
that all the necessary items such as seeds, pots and saplings are
easily available. Developing medicinal herb gardens is also essential
for good health. [ . . . ]
12. IMPROVEMENTS IN COOKING METHODS
Utensils used to cook food with steam and manual millstones
should be made available and affordable. [ . . . ] And people
should be educated about the health benefits of using these
utensils. [ . . . ]
13. ENCOURAGING THE PREPARATION OF PURE FOODS
Foods that are healthy and tasty should be promoted in
place of fried foods, sweets and other unhealthy preparations.
Preparations like gourd pudding, carrot halva (a dessert made
with milk and grated carrots), salads, shrikhand (a dessert made
with honey and strained yogurt), sweet porridge, variety of
dishes made with sprouts can be created that will be useful for
special meals and be tasty without being harmful to the health.
People wanting to get rid of the addiction to coffee and tea can
be taught to make tinctures with medicinal herbs or roasted
semolina. [ . . . ]
14. RENUNCIATION OF INTOXICANTS
Publicity campaigns should offer education to help people overcome
addiction. Village assemblies, religious gatherings and other
auspicious occasions should be used to encourage people to vow to
become free of their vices.
15. YOGA EXERCISE AND ITS TRAINING
Classes should be conducted to teach techniques of yoga asanas,
pranayamas, sports, massage, stretching and other exercises.
Wherever possible, collective exercise sessions should be organized
daily. [ . . . ]We should gain this type of knowledge ourselves and make
it available to others. [ . . . ] Good-natured organized competitions
with awards for sports like wrestling, track, swimming, tug-a-war,
long jump, high jump and others, should be created to increase
public enthusiasm. [ . . . ] There should be arrangement to teach
first aid everywhere and people should be encouraged to become
certified by the Red Cross Society. It is also important to propagate
the philosophy and knowledge of scouting.
16. WEEKLY FAST
Our stomachs should get a weekly holiday. If the stomach can be
given a one-day rest after working for six, then our digestive system
will remain problem free. On the day of rest, our digestive system
will be cleaned and ready to perform well for the following week.
[ . . . ] If it is not feasible to fast for a whole day, then at least one
meal should be skipped. People who are weak can take milk, fruits,
and vegetables but at least should not eat cereals once a day or one
day a week. Fasting is not only beneficial for health, but it provides
spiritual benefits as well.
17. BANQUETS AND LEFTOVER FOOD
Food must not be wasted. At gatherings, invitees should be kept
to the minimum and the quantity of food should also be reduced
as much as possible so that it will not be wasted. [ . . . ] Wastage
of food is an apparent wrong and, from a religious perspective,
disrespecting food is a sin.
18. LIMITING THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN
Looking at the increasing population of the country, economic
difficulties, lack of resources, and the degraded health of common
man, it is appropriate that each couple should have fewest children
possible. [ . . . ] It should be well understood by couples that reducing
the responsibilities and tensions of child rearing will reduce both
health problems and stress.
19. INFORMATION ABOUT NATURAL MEDICINES
Fighting disease through natural medicines and remedies using the
five elements (known as the Panch Karmas in Hindi) should be made
popular. [ . . . ] Through these treatments, the body is completely
cleansed using fasting, enema, water therapy, sun therapy, soil
therapy, steam therapy, and others. Through these therapies, not
only the symptoms but the root causes of disease are addressed. The
public should be educated with this knowledge to such an extent
that if required, they can not only treat themselves but their family
members as well. [ . . . ]
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