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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 219

Towards cleaner “Panchtatvas”

Date of Web Publication24-May-2019

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. Towards cleaner “Panchtatvas”. Neurol India 2019;67, Suppl S2:219

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The five elements in complete communion: This picture has been contributed by Dr. Rajendra S. Jain, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Neurology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

(Only the virtuous-minded ones attain Me. Anyone indulging in fraudulent acts and deception can never win my favour) [Sunderkand]

The traditional Indian culture asserts that our body is made up of the 'Panchatatvas' and finally merges into them after death. Everything on this planet is composed of five basic elements, the 'Panchamahabhutas': Akash (sky), Vayu (air), Jal (water), Agni (fire) and Prithvi (earth). Our body is referred as 'Earth', mind as 'Water', intelligence as 'Fire', awareness as 'Air' and consciousness as 'Sky'. Your eyes see what your mind knows. The mind flows backward as well as leaps forward in time and 'Time is Brain'. The mind brings reality to the body or the physical world. The World Federation of Neurology gave the theme pertaining to Neurology and Environment on 'the World Brain Day 2018'. The title “Clean Air for a Healthy Brain” was chosen to signify that air pollution is a major predicament relating to brain health. Taking care of our environment and notably maintaining a healthy air quality is a sine quo non for brain health. The picture shows the unbelievably crystal clear, pristine blue-green waters of the 'Dawki River' in Jaintya hills of Meghalaya state, around 86 km. from Shillong, Meghalaya, reflecting a serene state of mind. The clean water provides a clear view of the riverbed. It flows from India to Bangladesh without any geographic barrier in between the two countries. The nearby 'Mawlynnong village' situated 39 km. from the river has proudly earned the title of being the “Cleanest Village of Asia”. The 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' (Clean India Drive) got implemented in this village long before it started across the country. The village has fascinating natural root bridges, clean cemented pathways, excellent drainage systems with water pipelines, toilets in each house (and paid toilets also), dustbins, solar lights, organic farming, etc.. The land is full of banana and betel nut plantations with colourful butterflies flying, along with birds roaming around freely. All the elements of 'Panchatatva' are protected in this area in a true sense. Water conservation is embedded in the culture of Rajasthan as the famous saying goes-

(Spillage of ghee is no loss for me, Spillage of water burns my heart) Let us all pledge to dedicate ourselves 'Towards Cleaner Panchtatvas' and pass on clearer minds and healthy brains to our next generations. This picture has been taken using a Sony DSC-H2 f/2.8-6, focal length 6, aperture 3, no flash


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