Author Archives: Zephyr
At the most basic level, bells are harbingers of joy and celebration. Go ahead! Ring that bell – small and large!
Advaita-healing has two individual methods and a combined method of healing. They may be called the negative, positive and neutral methods.
Romance can be found in the unlikeliest things–even in a warm bhutta!
When Hodge Podge talked of taking his cousins with him back to Canada, there were squeals of delight from his cousins.
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 […]
Called variously as bharta, gotsu, bajji, choka, begun pora etc., Baingan Bharta is a pan-Indian food.
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).
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.
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.
You could say that foods have their own ‘taste-alikes’ just as we humans are supposed to have seven lookalikes each in the world.
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.
The efforts to secularize a culturally rich religious festival like Deepavali have taken away much of its civilizational value.