The vast magnificence of Love is a power that has never been fully understood or explained. It is an idea, a feeling, an ethos, a concept - and it is not tangible.
Even though it is one of the most powerful emotions on the planet – it is not quantifiable. Not in actual scientific terms where a chemist could put your ‘love’ in his test tube and weigh and measure the love you feel for your partner, child, parents or anyone. And that is why, even the person you profess to love has no idea of how much you love them.
You own your love. It is your sorrow, your joy, your suffering and your delirium. It is your dragon to fly. It is your unicorn to ride.
Where does this love come from? Where does love exist in our body? Is it in the cells, tissues, muscles, nerves, organs, brain, skin? Where is it that I feel the impending loss of my daughter as she leaves home to start her own young beautiful life? Each morning I wake up and a different part of me is hurting. This morning was an ache in my chest,...
From the moment we begin to exist, our mind and body is absorbing sights, sounds, touch impressions, and emotions. Every single stimulus is recorded in our brain, cells and tissues on a cellular level. This concept of mind and body is widely discussed, but do we actually fully understand it? Do we understand the enormity of the emotional and physical toll life takes on us? Our environment, every stress and every positive/negative emotion essentially affects us to a level that changes our very being, body and inherent spirit.
In times past, Asian cultures made esoteric practices a part of their daily life, wherein these practices included prayer, and means to strengthen and cleanse physically and mentally. At the crux of these practices, it was always understood that the body is not separate from the mind and spirit, and the neglect of one leads to the deterioration of the other two facets. Though we regard our lives as solely physical, emotions breach into each of our moments, and how w...
Can we stop time from moving on? Is it possible for us to stop aging? The concept of ‘anti-aging’ has really become all-powerful and pervasive. This facet of the human need to be young and healthy is everywhere. The idea of forestalling old age with the magical waters from the Fountain of Youth dates back at least to the Greek historian Herodotus in the 5th century BC. The “elixir of life” also appears in ancient Chinese and Indian legends and in alchemical texts from medieval Europe.
Very simply explained, aging involves gradual cell death over the years, which eventually leads to declining organs, malfunctioning systems and whole body slow down. That being said, how do we keep feeling energetic, and looking youthful as we age? Since time is not going to stop, the best we can do is to find means and methods to keep ourselves feeling well and vibrant as the years advance.
Keeping in mind individual genetics, accidents, lifestyle and behavior as the base point, the journey to the d...
I cannot even begin to count the number of times that someone has told me that they are afraid to do Yoga because they are not ‘flexible’ enough. And my response to them every time is that true yoga has nothing at all to do with flexibility. Of course being flexible and strong is wonderful, but is not at all required to be a yogi.
It is fantastic if you can be that person with such physical strength and agility who can practice these complicated postures. Unfortunately the myth of physical perfection and flexibility has built up in the West over the years. The general masses get completely intimidated when they hear the word yoga because they visualize a very toned person balancing on one hand with both legs up in the air. That intimidates me too, and I have been a yogi for the past 30 years.
So what is yoga then? My first instinct to define yoga would be to say, that yoga is an awareness, a stillness, a profound knowledge of the inner you, the capability to be silent, the desire to be...
Think of January 2016 as the month where you give your body a vacation from all the hard work it has put in for the past year. Even when you were on a vacation, your body really wasn’t, because you probably ate and drank more than you normally would. This has been my annual pattern for many years now – making January the month where I take stock of my health. So in that light, let me share what I do to cleanse.
Discipline. Discipline. Discipline. That is the only thing that gets you to a place where you get anything accomplished. And actually it is not difficult because you don’t have to do the dreadful dieting business. So here is how I begin my New Year.
1. Start the day with a hot mug of water with a full lime squeezed in. This is hard for the first couple of days, but then you start looking forward to it because it makes your insides feel so good. The hot water wakes up the digestive system and starts the cleansing process.
To that end, I want to offer some very simple at home to-do tips and remedies that I use. With the practice and use of these tips, you will see that the season has affected you a little less than usual.
1. A tablespoon of ‘Sat Isabgol’ every morning, mixed in a glass of hot water. (‘Telephone brand’ Psyllium husk available on Amazon).
It cleans your stomach and intestine wall from the excess deposition of toxins and oily substance. It prevents absorption of fat from the food. As it is full of fiber it helps in digestion of food. It cleans the stomach wall from excessive toxins and also helps the stomach in the movement of food through the intestine.
Any serious allergic reaction related to Isabgol is rare. It can be taken safely without any side effect. Always take it after soaking it in liquid otherwise it may cause choking.
2. Decrease the portion of food on your plate. You know you will go back for seconds, so minimize in a way that the 2 helpings add to the...
We are back home, and I think I left my Muse behind!
It’s been 10 days now, and I have been too busy to put anything in writing. There is so much to share of course, but the transition from being alone and introspective, to being with family and extroverted is a huge shift. One would not know the change unless one went through both scenarios side-by-side.
The physical journey back was absolutely miserable because it started out with a 3 hour hilly car drive early in the morning. The taxi driver must have been seriously caffeinated because he sped the car around bends at break neck speed. Aside from the risk factor, the speedy car ride made me excruciatingly sick and we had to pull over multiple times. Let me tell you that there will be no poems ever written about standing in pouring rain, in squelchy mud, trying to upchuck a Dosa. No! That is one topic that the lofty poets shall never be espousing lyrical prose about. And one of the times that I was standing in the rain, a little cr...
For me time here at the ashram has been a kaleidoscope of people and feelings. In these 17 days, I have met and made some wonderful new friends; everybody has a story, baggage, fears, a past, and a future that they are trying to work towards. It is really so wonderful when you can be around a person and not be judgmental; yup she is a hippie and finding God, or he just talks too much, or anything. Point is to just stand still, and hear and see people just simply for who they are. Everybody at this place has their guard down, are bare, and you see them at their most vulnerable. What of anybody else, my own son Amar has being going through some interesting introspection, and a lot of the memories I will take from here are of him.
My craziest memory of Amar here so far is of him hopping around madly from foot to foot like a crazed Ninja trying to stomp out thousands of large ants that invaded his room. And, wrapped in a green sheet/shawl, walking on t...
I do not exaggerate when I say that it rains at least for 20-22 hours in a day. Most of the time, it is an incessant heavy downpour, and on some occasions it is a mild drizzle. So on the rare day that there was a lull, I decided to venture to the neighboring town of Koppa. Just to give an idea on how this qualifies as a ‘town’ is relative to the little hamlet where the ashram is situated. Anyway, beggars cant be choosers, and so Koppa it was for my first outing.
You have to understand that 90% of clientele here is foreigners from USA, Brazil, Australia, and Europe. As a foreign tourist there isn’t a realistic yardstick of disparity of lifestyles in India. Most people come here either to find God, health, or, just the unique cultural experience. And to that end, they go really native and accept everything that comes their way as being quintessentially Indian. As an Indian, and that too a spoilt Punjabi, going native was not really even a thought in my...
Well, if you don’t count the little fuzzy half mirror hanging in the verandah meant to be shared by 4 bedrooms. I seriously don’t know the logic behind this very obvious absence of what one would consider a very necessary item in each bathroom. And somehow it seems that this oversight is by intent.
Of course not being used to functioning without a mirror, I initially found it hard to even brush my teeth. I almost felt that I might not be able to even brush my teeth. And when I wash my face, I look up and check myself to see what changes the night has wrought, and looking up and facing a blank wall is a bit of a shocker. Not seeing your face is one thing, but, since there is no mirror, there is no make-up! Not that this place has any need for make-up, but sometimes you spruce up just because you don’t want to look like a cross eyed panda all day.
Personally I feel that there is a deeper conspiracy to this lack of shiny objects stuck on walls. I t...