Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SOMAPANA, The divine drink !!

SOMAPANA – The Divine Drink !!

Mythology says - Deeply drinking the Somapana (a holy drink) of your grace we have become deathless. We have reached the ultimate. We have seen the devas. Who can cause any harm to us? We humans do not have any shortage of that nectar (your grace). 3-2..Atharvasiras Upanishad…

Ayurveda says -Somapana – Drinking warm water (roughly 200 to 400 ml) early in the morning before intake or any other food or drink, cleans the entire digestive system. This helps one solve the problem of constipation….

A blog says -Soon we may find bottled Somapana in all liquor shops and cow-urine in all medical shops and you can bring back your glorious days….

Well, I happened to read this online about this exquisite drink –

Ethanol is called ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol or pure alcohol or drinking alcohol or simply alcohol or spirits. It is psychoactive and imparts intoxication to the consumer, commonly referred to as “high”. It is one of the oldest recreational drugs (referred to as soma pana in Vedic times). Ethanol has a formula C2H5OH and has a linear structure CH3CH2OH. Its structural formula …:….

Oh oh oh!!.....Let me stop at this..

Well… coming to the point....

This blog is about my friend whom I know for so many years. It is about his drinking habits as the name suggests. I ask him one day why he drinks. Here are the reasons that he gave on several occasions

Very happy today..so

Not feeling great today..so

I didn’t like the way the boss spoke to me..so..

Boss agreed to my ideas…so…

All Friends got together..so..

Feeling lonely ..so..

I got promotion …so..

I am not even recognized…so..

I am happy my kids are doing well…so..

I don’t know how to handle my kids..so…

After a long time, meeting all my cousins…so..

I don’t know when I am meeting them next….so….

Work was hectic today. Need to unwind.. so…

Came home early today.. thought I will chill out…so..

My wife is in good mood.. so…

My wife is growling… so..

Today its my wedding day.. so..

Today it’s my wife birthday.. so..

My wife going on a official tour for a month.. so…

My wife is back today!.. so..

Weather is so hot and unbearable..so..

It’s quite cold….so…

I am feeling good after a great work out.. so.

I am not feeling well.. so..

Had a long trek.. tired..I want to sleep well… so…

just felt like ..so

This is my last time..so..

My friends forced me.. so..

I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on." Oscar Levant.. ha ha ha

Ayyo…ayyo..ayoyoyo…... so much of excuses to drink?!...

Well, I think He is a drunkard…certainly!

Is he addicted? !! .. He says he is NOT.. ….!!!!!!

I am in fact very disturbed by my friend’s take on drinks. Imagine about his family. How much they would be disturbed. Has he thought about his health, his family, his parents, , ,.?……. First the man takes a drink; then the drink takes a drink; then the drink takes the man…………How true!

What values are we teaching our next generation? Are we teaching them that its alright to drink..or .It is good to drink…or it is fun to drink… or If you have problems in life, get the support of a drink or U can drink and still be good being.. or I can drink but you shouldn’t drink…where are we heading to?!!!!!!!!!!!!!.... What if the kids become a complete drug addict? Will we have face to tell them that it is WRONG to drink!!.. If we say, Will they LISTEN?!...what’s their FUTURE then?!...What a shame!.. Is the human being so weak that he cannot take control of his addictions, his actions, his emotions… ?!

There are some people who say it is better to initiate children at home rather than the children exploring outside without their knowledge!. What logic is this!! And also there we have a sect of people who think it’s cool to drink and it’s cool to create havoc at home or on roads and not just that but also make fun of the Teetotalers. I think it needs lot of guts and lot of courage to get up and say to say NO to Drinks. I admire and respect these Teetotalers.

Satya saibaba says “IF the parent is a drunkard, a gambler and a cheat, no amount of textbook ethics can cure the sons. I like children and the young innocence. I will not allow them to be blamed. The fault lies wholly on the shoulders of the elders, the parents, and the leaders who shape the norms which they imbibe.”

A lot to think for myself too….it’s high time we pull up our sleeves and clean ourselves first. First comes commitment to the family and then comes commitments to the society.

If one has problems in life, one should not get addicted to the lower things instead get addicted to the higher things in life – Jog, work out, go to temples, go to beach, go for treks, meet friends,....common... live your passions!!….do anything but don’t drink. Drinking is a suicide.

Here are some quotes:

The first thing in the human personality that dissolves in alcohol is dignity – Unknown author

Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be enjoyed by a worthy mind. Pleasure's couch is virtues grave…. Augustine Duggane

To see what is right and not to do it, is want of Courage -- Confucias

You own yourself, so if you want to do something that destroys yourself, go ahead. Just don't harm others when you do… Jim Goebel

Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God…Marguerite Duras

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim…Ann

Alcoholism isn't a spectator sport. Eventually the whole family gets to play…Joyce Rebeta

Alcohol impairs calcium absorption by affecting the liver's ability to activate vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in the metabolism of calcium. The more alcohol you drink, the more you hinder your body's ability to build up and maintain healthy bones…Harvey, Marilyn Diamond

I come from a family that had an alcoholic and a binge drinker in it. It took many years for me to overcome the flashbacks from my childhood. I lived it. I know the truth. Drinking has no place in the home….Duane Alan Hahn

SAY NO TO DRINKS.....................................................


  1. a person who can control his instincts can control his life. drinking is not a problem. how much u drink is a problem. know ur limits. live life happily. in tamil they say one quote " azhavukku minjinaal amirthamamum nanjagum". got it.

  2. Nice article and great thoughts

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