I awake to the sound of the plane's wheels screeching as we touch down. The wheels, which were not spinning a moment ago and now are full of motion, seem a fit analogy to my arrival in India. The man next to me makes sure to give me the snack in a box, what appears to be an interesting Indian version of a PB&J, that the flight attendant left...
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The Caraka Saṃhitā is one of the most important ancient works on the ancient medical system called Āyurveda. Āyuḥ means life or longevity while Veda means science. Thus Āyurveda can be translated as ‘Life Science’ or ‘Longevity Science’ because it deals with how to maximize life. This should not only be seen as how to live longer but also how to live the most full so that we may die in peace knowing we have fully lived. This is why the first word (first words being the most important in sanskrit texts) is “Dirghaṃ”, which means health and wholeness but also dharma and what we are here for because how can we accomplish our life’s purpose without our health and vitality?
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The ancient culture of what is current-day India was filled with profound timeless wisdom. 5,000 years ago it gave us Ayurveda, the science of longevity. Longevity means here also Dirgham. Dirgham means not only the ability to be alive but more important the ability to live and express one's divine purpose....
The plant we call Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum or O. sanctum) is known also by the name Tulsi, or as people have called it for thousands of years in Sanskrit: Tulasi ( तुलसी ). Tulasi is perhaps one of the most important herbs to consume on a daily basis. This is because of its profound life-preserving qualities and also for its ability to nourish what is the foundation of all tissue types in the body. This nourishment then cascades through the body like a waterfall...
In the ancient Vedic calendar we are in the 16-day lunar cycle known as Pitru Paksha ( पित्रू पक्ष ) where one worships, thanks and also releases their ancestors. It is said that our ancestors are their waiting for us to do this act of prayer for them that they may be released and know peace...
When we speak of protecting Nature, our dear Mother Earth, we are actually speaking about protecting moments like these where we marvel at the beauty of creation...
As the sun awakes
ready rebirth’s rise
for creation’s sake
where do you fix your eyes?
G-d’s breath breathed in you
but briefly borrowed
the five elements too
In body shrine most hallowed
While the ancient ice melts,
land’s life leaves,
a rhythmic memory felt;
your ancestors’ timely dreams
(plastic’s patient pollution)
will ripple with turbulence
in your heart’s evolution
With eyes beholding
sacred sights serene
this rhythm not withholding
offer G-d your dream.
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All of creation is a perfect dance of impeccable timing and orchestration. Nothing is arbitrary. The ancients from many cultures knew this and lived their lives in accordance with these larger patterns to which we all belong. Included in this was the acknowledgement of where the stars and planets are located in the sky during one's birth or during an important event. In the Bible one reads of the wise men finding Jesus by following a star. I submit to you that wise men still observe the sky as well as seek out holy men and women. Saturn, the planet that humbles us through delays and trials...
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