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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!

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.

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 […]

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).

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.

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.

Listen! Nature is talking to you!

Ravi Muthuswamy’s pictures often tell a story.

The Brat’s tribute to the L&M

Here is to the hero of our times, the man who effortlessly navigated through the confusing and confounding times when everything around us was changing. And not just that, he managed to keep us grounded too, giving us an identity when many were going through an identity crisis.

She is always a woman to me

A Women’s Day photo feature celebrating the indomitable spirit and dignity of our sisters from rural India.

Listening with your heart

Listening is an art, a therapy, a spiritual act, no less. But for listening to be effective, the listener has to do it with her heart, else the one being listened to finds no solace.

Earthen Diya memories

Even as times change, there are some things that remain constant, such as the enchantment of the diya burning bright on Diwali, discovers my guest blogger Arti.

Etiquette? What is that??

An ex-Navy man and blogger, Rahul Bhatia writes on issues that touch us, be it women’s safety or terrorism — in a gentle but forceful manner. He uses both verse and prose to get his point across to the readers. I enjoy his posts for their simplicity and because they often find an echo in […]