When flood comes,
the fish eat ants.
But when water dries,
the ants eat fish.
– Theory of Life, Virus will be defeated !
Humans started moving away from the natural ways when we began to wear clothes, started eating for pleasure and embraced temporarily practised norms over instinctive urges. And over the years this is what blind development has done.
Among the “civilised”, right and wrong is determined by cultural conventions and rules, he continued, “There were times when polygamy was considered a solution when there was a shortage of men due to war”, instead it continued for centuries ever after. I was remembering my Guru Maharaj ji, who two years ago had initiated me towards divine love. For last few days as i was going through my diaries of the times when we both had found time to speak at length about life and laws, and how can discipline determine the direction and intensity of one’s journey. I found something that he had given me, a potion that i found useful in these times of isolation as if he knew, as if he was preparing me for something already; for if there will be health, he said, and so says Joanna- you can keep carrying the torch, that light which the world needs.
I will share some knowledge of what Guru Keshava taught me then, and some in these years of exploring life, while practising and experiencing some of what found me.
India is fighting back on a war footing today. She is going through a time whose consequences nobody had foreseen. The pandemic is becoming an epidemic. It is unimaginable to think that had India not produced and made her own vaccine, manufactured that of others, it would have been impossible to even hope for human civilisation to survive this. As the virus pierces the rural peace, the social order, I believe only vaccines of any country are hardly an answer. It might buy necessary time to fight the virus psychologically but It is no magic wand for a way out of this situation. Very Conscious and responsible steps are needed at individual level.
Travellers, Merchants, traders didn’t come to India only for her beauty or spending time at some beach looking at sunsets; some were after wealth, and some after spices that were known to have magical capabilities, some were unheard of, never tasted, and some were known to cure ailments of the body, jadibutis and above all they made the food delicious. This news went around the world like fire in those times and ships after ships were sent out by the rich merchants of Europe to find a land called India.
In Gurukul system of Education, Indian Kitchen used to be known as Aushdyalaya, a place to keep medicines, a pharmacy. Today when this Virus is said to be mutating, like raktbeej– a demon becoming a stronger variant of the other- any vaccine taken is not going to be fool proof. And thus when answers are limited, there is only one way any person can safeguard oneself, by boosting his/her immunity. And one that most likely is available in most Indian Kitchens.
For last many days, as I carefully walked the streets of Delhi, not daily but for reporting; writing and photographing this havoc, as it is nothing less than nightmare. Even though my work was merely to report but my heart, wishes, prayers went out to each soul i saw, met and spoke with in these times who in some way or the other are fighting the fight of their lives. I also made sure to speak to certain section of people who have been studying, learning and are active participants in understanding Ayurveda. I spoke to many a people at length about how can one boost their immunity to get ready for this long fight as it seems there is going to be no respite from this hell in near future.
This essay is a shout out to each one of you who in last one year became my family. All who in these times contacted me, asked me for my health and well being, i thank you. I owe you, your families prayers and care. I wish to tell everyone to stay strong, we need each other. Because as i see it, it is nature that is fighting back for her survival. We know what humankind has cruelly done for centuries now, she needs time.
But also as a word of caution, i want to share this thought with my ‘Road to Nara’ family, that History will repeat itself, there are signs. And this time it is not going to be over soon. World Wars happened a decade after recession previously, and this time Wars might not even take that long. Astrologically, as few friends and Guruji have communicated, later years of this decade are going to be one of the worst periods for humanity, for our planet, this union is showing a dark phase that comes once in a millennia, I cannot and must not predict how bad it looks but the only way for us and the coming generation, for children is to build their inner will and strength and immunity. This is the only way. Please do not take this lightly.
I am going to share 9 very important Yogic practices to boost one’s immunity. In these times of isolation If any reader of “Road to Nara”, is living outside India, and relates to these measures, has any questions, or is not able to find these Ayurvedic medicines in their country, please let me know and i will see how they can reach you, because now is most important time to rebuild one’s kitchen to the ancient times, for most authentic ways of cooking, all for a better health, and less diseased world. As lockdowns are not forever. For when we have to step out, real challenge, real test will begin. This, when how responsible, how sensible we are will matter, after the lockdown is over and the economic process begins, the only way to be outside and working without worrying will only matter how much our immune system has enhanced.
One thing is strict maintenance of social distancing, and this must become our religion, that is if you are religious. I am just saying otherwise, being with yourself, mask always up also that distance must become our meditation to start with, as for meditators it is nothing less than a boon.
1. Turmeric and Neem Leaves(Azadirachta indica)
For over one year now as I start my daily routine, I take half a spoon of turmeric with lukewarm water, and then before going outside for a walk i take 6-9 neem leaves, that i pick from a nearby neem tree previous day, after washing, i put them in my mouth, and i let them be there for half an hour-forty five minutes may be longer, as long as i walk and gulp everything down with water later. Of course it is bitter but this bitter after few days feels like i have not lived my life fully today.
If you are starting it now, it will at least take 4-8 weeks before showing any considerable changes in your immune system, more clearly on your skin, cleaning your colon and enhancing your energy. It is simply put Indra’s Vajra for inner cleaning and immunity.
Trust me, if you believe in some magic, this is it!
2. Have Tulsi(Holy Basil) Rasa and drink it with lukewarm water.
There are some Tulsi Rasa that I have used from certain brands but because stores, shops are not opening or because demand is too high one might not find it easily. Better is to have a Tulsi plant at your home. You can pick 10 tulsi leaves, and most Indian homes will have this plant, put them in water and boil it until its volume boils down to a cup. Filter it and drink it sip by sip. Its pretty tasty too and even children will like it, as the vaccines for children will be available half a year later from now, tulsi in the system will again work as magic, or even outside it, at home it is one of those plants that purifies air, gives oxygen some purity. Our ancients knew it thousands of years ago. And it is not that it must be taken because of the virus, my mother and I am certain many mother’s across Indian subcontinent have been putting Tulsi leaves daily in their morning teas barring Sunday.
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3. Amla/Indian Gooseberry
Another thing is Indian gooseberry or amla, small in size. You just have to smash it, put some salt over it, chew it, and keep it in the mouth for as long 30 minutes to an hour, as its most effective there, like that. This simple thing will greatly enhance your immune system. Amla has many other qualities and is also the only citric fruit that can even be taken with milk.
4. Hot drinks/Kashayam/Green Teas
There are many traditional things that we can do to boost our immunity. Hot drinks, milk tea with ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves was already highly popular even before this virus arrived and more so these days it has been advised to have them thrice or more times a day.
Cinnamon here, many of us might not know was the primary jadi buti, medicinal spice that was highly sought after by all the European merchants/traders as it was known even then to give immense strength, especially for men if they were struggling with sexual problems or with respiratory diseases. Only found in India and Sri lanka, Cinnamon if using in a powder form must not be taken more than a pinch a day.
5. Using Giloy/Dry gourd/Camphor/lemon on daily basis
Giloye in ancient India was kept at the same pedestal as Tulsi or neem. It is such a plant that will remove fever and such ailments from its root while stabilizing body temperature, cleaning the blood and enhancing immune system for long. One can even think of keeping Giloy plant at home, its leaves and even branches are of utmost use. We can boil its leaves with water till it becomes a half a cup and sipping it down slowly will do wonders on daily basis.
It reminds me of requesting anyone who is still reading to please not drink and let any one drink cold refrigerated water in these times. We can keep water in earthen pots and have it at the room temperature, else it is most advisable to boil your water and keep sipping some every hour.
Finding original Camphor is not easy, but if one has access to good Camphor tablets, it would advisable to keep them in your masks. It will greatly enhance your ability to deep breathe and allow your neuro-system to calm down even in the most stressed out times.
To tell you, these are all my maternal grandmother stuff, not totally mine, I might have only added meagerly to it, but it greatly helped her all her life. It helped my mother and it is helping me.
Also Read : Food and the World on a new Yogi’s mind
6. Yogic Practice
The only way now is to behave socially in a responsible manner, and yogic way is the way forward. This is a new world, for at least next one to two years, And it will be a different world than what we were used to live in.
Once you get deeper in Yoga, there are immense possibilities and many things can be done, but I would only like to share somethings that my people here and their families and children can practice.
It must be known that Yoga doesn’t come through blood, you got to do it. Its probably the only problem with the damn thing! It works miraculously but one has to do it.
This most important mantra, and you must first understand that what we call as a mantra is a certain geometry of sound. If properly, and most importantly, collectively uttered this mantra will generate what we call in samskrut as samhit prana.
Gayatri Mantra: the mantra of light is the most popular, ancient beyond our knowledge of time, is the most effective sound for human mind. It generates heat as we call Sun, surya to bless us with the knowledge of light. In these times this mantra is a nectar for humankind and i would suggest anyone living in any part of the world to please take out 20 minutes for themselves, better with family and quietly recite gayatri for between 8 to 24 times.
ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ।
Om Bhur Bhuwah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat॥
General meaning: We meditate on that most adored Supreme Lord, the creator, whose effulgence (divine light) illumines all realms (physical, mental and spiritual). May this divine light illumine our intellect.
Word meaning: Om: The primeval sound; Bhur: the physical body/physical realm; Bhuvah: the life force/the mental realm Suvah: the soul/spiritual realm; Tat: That (God); Savitur: the Sun, Creator (source of all life); Vareñyam: adore; Bhargo: effulgence (divine light); Devasya: supreme Lord; Dhīmahi: meditate; Dhiyo: the intellect; Yo: May this light; Nah: our; Prachodayāt: illumine/inspire.
There are 5 dimensions of prana vavyu in our system, samit prana, greatly enhanced by Gayatri is one that is the incharge of the respiratory process and thought process and it helps in generating heat/उष्ण in the body through tapa, the most important component, a foundation on which Yogis develop their inner light before finding themselves reaching to higher dimensions. And for Gayatri, i speak from my personal experience from years of practice, not just theory.
If anyone is interested in learning the history, the story of the origin of Gayatri mantra, please hear brilliant Murli here
7. Simhasana/Simha Kriya
In the Yogic sciences, there are various ways to enhance immune system, in terms of practices, a very simple but powerful Yogic Kriya is Simhasana/सिंहासन or the Lion Pose, that I had even taught to my parents long ago, and used to make children do this first thing at school, it was fun and children loved it. This is a kind of process that even before it helps boosting the immune system- it starts making one feel strong and confident. Another thing is that it deepens your breath in a certain way, that suppose if you start doing it from today and in a week’s time you find some difficulty in continuing it, in pushing your self through it, you will clearly know that you will have some respiration related stuff going on a lot before any symptoms show up medically.
And this virus being a respiratory related thing it will be very useful if you can do Simhasna twice a day. For children, it will also be a fun exercise. It will boost the immune system like volume on woofers, and at the same time its like a gage that suppose you can’t do it one day like other days, it will tell you to be alert even before any medical, technical machine will find out.
8. Prithvi Prema Kriya/Working with the Soil
Most people develop the relationship with the soil only once they die. But its very important to develop a relationship with all the elements especially with the soil while you are alive. I would say especially now when the virus is around, believe me those of you who are in some way have contact with the soil in a very loving manner; well your ability to live and to resist these kind of invasions in your life will be greatly, greatly enhanced.
Its not just enough if you live, its important that you live strong. Living strong does not mean growing big muscles and dominating others, living strong means life grows with a possibility of arriving big, within, deep inside those valves, your cells. And for this you need a body which treats the entire planet as its extension, which it is. So its very important to have your hands and feet find earth, soil, tending to a garden like dearest Joanna here, who if not writing and inspiring people from the world over, can always be found spending all her remaining time in her beautiful garden. You can read and rever for her selfless work, for each week she with military precision, comes to motivate us here, with her brilliant writing skills. We can see her hands in the photograph above holding mother nature.
9. Hug Trees
According to ancient Yogic texts every zodiac sign is assigned with a tree, it also goes by the nakshatras. Like the tree according to texts that is assigned to my nature is the king tree Peepal. I pray to it, i speak with it. But it happened well before i even knew about it. The point is let the tree find you because that is important for your life, for each life on earth as they are our truest, closest relatives. You will believe me when i will say they will provide you everything like elders do to their children. Hug trees, speak with them they are family.
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