Quit Smoking to Get Moksha
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Posted: Friday, September 16, 2011
by Dr K K Aggarwal
Heart Care Foundation of India
Smoking or health, you can not have both. One minute of smoking a cigarette take away one minute of one’s life. Smoking is the biggest menace of the mankind. It has over 4000 chemicals most of them are cancer producing. It is responsible for practically all life style disorders including cancer and heart attacks.
Smoking is responsible for six out of ten premature deaths among men over 40. According to a research team at Korea University, a total of 57.7 percent of men who died prematurely in 1999 had passed away due to smoking-related diseases. For women, the rate was one out of 10, or 11.4 percent. The findings confirm the impact smoking has on premature death especially as smokers reach middle age.
Smokers end up with untimely death. When we read our shastras the description of untimely death comes in Garuda Purana a dialogue between Garuda (the king of birds) and Lord Krishna.
The latter half of this Purana deals with life after death. The Hindus of north-India generally read this Purana while cremating the bodies of the dead. This has given great importance to the origin of Garuda. There are nineteen thousand verses describing the ways to the Lord.
Chapter 20, part 2, shloka 43 says “O Garuda, a person becomes a ghost and undergoes the sufferings thereof, if he dies an accidental or untimely death or if his body is not cremated properly”. The same has been the belief of all Hindus ever since.
Srimad Bhagavad is the highest of all Puranas. The Visnu Purana comes next, and then comes Garuda. The three are principal Puranas in the Kali age.
Believing what is written in Garuda Purana all smokers die of unnatural death and therefore will not get moksha unless they quit while alive.
Medically at 20 minutes after quitting blood pressure decreases, pulse rate drops and body temperature of hands and feet increases. At 8 hours carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal and oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
At 24 hours the chance of a heart attack decreases and at 48 hours nerve endings start regrowing and ability to smell and taste improve.
At 1 year smoke free excess risk of coronary heart blockages is decreased to half that of a smoker. From 5 to 15 years after quitting, paralysis risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.
At 10 years risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers, risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases and the risk of ulcer decreases.
At 15 years the risk of coronary heart blockages is now similar to that of people who have never smoked and the risk of death returns to the level of people who have never smoked.
If we add Scientific with Vedic knowledge attempt should be made to quit smoking at the earliest as it takes nearly 15 years after one has quitted to get over the spiritual damage done by smoking. Therefore to get spiritual moksha as per Garuda Purana you must quit atleast 15 years before death.
One is born to live 108 years and therefore it is never too late to quit. Don't let smoking waste any more of your precious life. Quit now and get this journey underway!
About the author: Dr K K Aggarwal is Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Dean Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, Sr. Physician & Cardiologist, Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council, Visiting professor Clinical Research DIPSAR, Past President Delhi Medical Association and Past Academic and Research Wing Heads IMA.
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