The Fire Within - An Ayurvedic Perspective

Fire transforms. It is the regulator which ensures that everything is being appropriately processed, assimilated and utilized. This is true of fire outside of us and it is true of the fire inside of us as well. In Ayurveda we use a sanskrit word, Agni (pronounced Uhgnee). In ancient times Agni was worshiped because of its ...

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India #1

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 Science of Life: Āyuḥ and Dirghaṃ

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....

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Everyday Ayurvedic Herbs #1: Holy Basil - तुलसी

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...

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Have you felt the intensity in your life lately?

Have you felt the intensity in your life lately? This is what's going on...

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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