Author Archives: Zephyr

How do tears help the body while crying?

Our ancestors understood the concept of the dominant and passive bhūtas (Elements) within and outside the body, and used the knowledge to handle situations of any nature to restore and maintain good health.

A cook and her cleaver do never part

Soon, I became a knife-fiend, making a beeline for the knife-counter in any department store I happened to pass by.

How Vāyu (air), both helps and hinders Śabdam (sound)

If it is the prāña from our lungs passing through the various ćakras that produces sound, what does the ear have to do with it? Why does one cover the ear while singing or shouting, or while raising one’s voice to be heard above the din, and why at other times it is not necessary?

When śabdam helps to disperse noxious vāyu

At large gatherings like weddings and other auspicious functions, our elders usually ask those who are sneezing to leave the place. Today, in times of #coronavirus, we understand that far from being superstitious, our elders are only protecting those gathered from the bacteria thrown out by the sneeze!

‘Ye dil maange more’ of a higher kind

As the country desperately fights COVID-19, in the locked-in mode, what we need is the Vikram Batra-kind of a loftier ‘more’ in our dils, to make us better human beings.

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.

PANĆABHŪTA AND PANĆĒNDRIYĀ – THE STHŪLA AND SŪKŚMA TATTVAS IN THE HUMAN BODY

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah-4 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 repository of ancient folk wisdom […]

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).