Author Archives: Zephyr

Our elders had the best Corona-compliant routines!

Social distancing, washing one’s hands and feet after coming from outside, washing one’s hands every time one came into the kitchen to do something or take anything, quarantine – they did it all. Believe me, they would have set the best examples for Corona-compliance!

Ringing of bells brings joy and positive energy

At the most basic level, bells are harbingers of joy and celebration. Go ahead! Ring that bell – small and large!

THE ADVAITA TATTVA WAY OF SELF-HEALING

Advaita-healing has two individual methods and a combined method of healing.  They may be called the negative, positive and neutral methods.

…..And I don’t think it was Valentine’s Day

Romance can be found in the unlikeliest things–even in a warm bhutta!

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more-4

When Hodge Podge talked of taking his cousins with him back to Canada, there were squeals of delight from his cousins.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-4

PANĆABHŪTA AND PANĆĒNDRIYĀ THE STHŪLA AND SŪKŚMA TATTVAS IN THE HUMAN BODY A guest wellness series based on ancient Indian dharmic wisdom, by Amritavarshini. (Continued from the previous post) In that remote village of South India a long time ago, lived the venerable Elder of over a 100 years. Simply known as Thatha, he was […]

A MEET-UP OF FOOD-COUSINS, TWINS, TRIPLETS AND MORE – 3

Called variously as bharta, gotsu, bajji, choka, begun pora etc., Baingan Bharta is a pan-Indian food.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-3

Among the host of rituals instituted by our ancestors around the protection of plants and trees, are the offering of jal to trees like vatavrkśa (banyan), pīpal, aśwattha (fig) and āmalaki (Indian gooseberry).

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – 2

I would have normally skipped the khichdis, but the cheer and bonhomie that the delegates exuded drew me to them. I am glad that I did, for I would have missed two unusual ‘cousins’ had I not stopped.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-2

By cleverly weaving the rituals and customs around divine propitiation in the beginning and later around dharmic duties and social obligations, our wise ancestors ensured that the living beings and Nature were cared for equally.

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – I

You could say that foods have their own ‘taste-alikes’ just as we humans are supposed to have seven lookalikes each in the world.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-1

Today we have a clearer vision with proof, backed by scientific experiments and investigations under lab conditions, that the Pancha Mahabhoota are indeed the vital forces in our lives.

How did Deepavali/Diwali become so ‘secularized’?

The efforts to secularize a culturally rich religious festival like Deepavali have taken away much of its civilizational value.