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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 33-37

Variations in microbial growth rates explained by traditional knowledge


1 Department of Yoga and Physical Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Prashanti Kutiram Campus,Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Yoga and Life Sciences, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Prashanti Kutiram Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Prof. Alex Hankey
Department of Yoga and Physical Science, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Prashanti Kutiram Campus, Kallubalu Post, Jigani, Bengaluru - 560 105, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/ijny.ijoyppp_3_19

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Background: Modern scientific methods have been used to test and verify statements in the ancient Vedic literature. Jyotisha astrology Navagrahas have been observed to influence results of microbiological processes. Aims and Objectives: To extend previous work by investigating exponential phase growth in easily repeatable growth experiments. Materials and Methods: 150 growth curves of a non-pathogenic E. coli strain were generated for 72 start times over an 18-month period, using OD-600 spectrophotometer measurements. Results: Variations in maximum exponential phase growth correlated negatively with Kuja (Mars) Shadbala, R2 was 0.20, P < 0.0005. Discussion: Previous research found that Jupiter and Rahu consistently exerted opposing influences. Consistent with Jyotisha tradition, Jupiter supported life, while Rahu opposed it. Kuja is malefic like Rahu. The study suggests that he plays a similar role thwarting life processes. Conclusion: Kuja's role opposing microorganism growth seems similar to Rahu's, consistent with their common malefic nature posited by Jyotisha.


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