Recently I have had the misfortune of having a very negative and cynical person make their way into my otherwise peaceful life. I’m sure we all at one point or another have had people like that in our lives. I work hard every day doing things to help increase my pranic energies (positive life force) by making meditation, prayers, japa, kriyas, yoga, positive reading etc a part of my daily life. These practices really help uplift me and help me lead a life as ideal as possible. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. ~Oscar Wilde,Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1893 But with this person, what should be thirty minutes of frivolous and harmless social exchange always ends up with me ending up completely depleted and down and frustrated. All this person does is pick on me, question every statement I make and pick it apart. They question all my choices and any decision related to anything as simple as a meal I have cooked to, where I shop and what I buy to family related matters. Extremely NOSY asks too many personal questions and then tries to give me parenting advice, housekeeping advice and financial advice. Negatively comments on everything. Only sees negative things. My house can be spic and span, but if I missed a crumb it will be sarcastically announced out loud. This person has the talent of turning innocuous topics into a debate and argument and won’t stop until they’ve hammered me and fractured my spirit. They leave happy after feeding off of me while I am left to pick up the pieces again. Based on this person’s gossip I infer I am just one of many in a trail of (this person’s) victims. This person takes pleasure in another’s sorrow – keeps highlighting them, picking on them and tormenting them and blaming them- followed by LIFE ADVICE on what they should have done, or should be doing. There is always a better and correct way of doing something and its always THEIR WAY. My first line of defense is –IGNORE. Tried but failed. Second is to talk and make sense. Failed plus draining. Like talking to a wall. Third is AVOID. This is what I am going to do now. Just avoid one on one time with this person and continue doing things that bring positive energy and upliftment. When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri Nouwen It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow-necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out. ~Alexander Pope If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends — you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue. ~Alice Duer Miller When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars. ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911 A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good, and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad. ~Arnold H. Glasgow
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30 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
In her book-“The Secret” author Rhonda Byrne shared the Law of Attraction according to which we can achieve all desires of health, wealth and happiness based on our thoughts and feelings.
This secret was revealed hundreds of thousands of years ago in the Rudra Gita by Lord Shiva. Below is an excerpt:
Prayer is the most important medium of spiritual practices. Prayer is the petition asking of something for ourselves; and intercession for others.
To acquire his petition answered, a man need not have to know or to love God or even His image. All that he requires is a burning sense of fulfillment of his desires, coupled with firm conviction that there exists, out in the universe, something not himself, which can be dragooned into satisfying these desires. With the necessary degree of faith and persistence, the chances are that, sooner or later, somehow or other, he gets what he wants. It is the experience of human beings through ages that whatever is sought with firm faith and conviction that God delivers. Whether what he gets, in response to his petition, is morally or materially good or not, only time can say. It may, however, be legitimate for us to pray for anything, which is legitimate for us to desire.
09 Nov 2014 Leave a comment
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Comparative mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah%27s_Ark) under Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0
In one of our ancient scriptures called Matsya Purana (Matsya means fish) there is a story about how Manu (the son of the Sun God) saved Earth upon the instructions of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu came to him in the avataar of a fish and told him that soon the entire world would be flooded. He asked him to build a ship and instructed to place all living beings on the boat to save them during the deluge guided by the fish avatar. Once the waters receded he would populate the earth. Sound familiar?
Similar flood stories have been found in religious text of other cultures.
Resource: Comparative mythology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah%27s_Ark)
Main article: Flood myth
“The Genesis flood narrative is one of several similar flood myths. The earliest known written flood myth is the Sumerian flood myth found in the Epic of Ziusudra. Later and very similar Mesopotamian flood stories appear in the Epic of Atrahasis and Epic of Gilgamesh texts. Many scholars believe that Noah and the biblical flood-story derive from the Mesopotamian versions, predominantly because biblical mythology that is today found in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Mandeanism shares overlapping consistency with far older written Mesopotamian stories of the Great Flood, and because the early Hebrews were known to have lived in Mesopotamia, particularly during the Babylonian captivity.
The parallels – both similarities and differences – between Noah’s ship and that of the Babylonian flood-hero Atrahasis have often been noted. Noah’s ship is a rectangle, while Atrahasis was instructed to build his in the form of a cube; Atrahasis’s ship has seven decks with nine compartments on each level, while Noah’s has three decks, but he is not given any instructions on the number of compartments to build. The word used for “pitch” (sealing tar or resin) is not the normal Hebrew word but is closely related to the word used in the Babylonian story.
The causes for God/gods having sent the flood also differ: in the Hebrew narrative the flood comes as God’s judgment on a wicked humanity; in the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh the reasons are not given and the flood appears to be the result of the caprice of the gods; whereas in the Atrahasis version of the Babylonian flood story the flood was sent by the gods to reduce human over-population, and after the flood other measures were introduced to prevent the problem recurring.”
22 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
Can’t wait to start chanting this Mantra
The Sanskrit mantra from Ram Rakshaa Stotram:
ओम आपदांपहर्तारम् दातारम सर्वसम्पदाम्
लोकाभीरामम श्रीरामं भूयो भूयो नमाम्यहम
Om AApadaam-pahartaaram Daataarum
Bhuyo Bhuyo Namaamyaham
I repeatedly do namaskaar or respectfully bow down to Lord Shri Raam who removes all obstacles and blesses one with all types of wealth.
Originally posted on Mantrarama's Blog:
When i was in college, my friend’s father used to tell me how he would memorize poetry and say verses in his head over and over again. Apparently, he was worried about many things and instead of letting these worries overtake his mind and create anxiety, he force-filled his consciousness with poetry. I was raised via South Louisiana where the coffee and Catholicism are brewed strong. I spent many a young night memorizing Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be …. all in anticipation of one of the Sister’s beaming a smile at me in holy first grade approval. I am no stranger to the rosary, and have come to adore the images and customs from my childhood, especially Mary. So, it wasn’t so far fetched for me to start saying Mantras. Interestingly enough, Malas or prayer beads used to chant mantra are 108 beads, which happens to be exactly double…
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12 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
Todays post is a guest article by Amanda Clarke at Gloc Media.
Yoga is an ancient art of restoring peace to the body and mind. It’s calm, relaxing, and a perfect way to wake up in the morning or decompress after a long day. Yoga is typically thought of as a way to strengthen your muscles, so you may not know that yoga is also perfect for those who need good, strong voices. If you’re a singer, an actor working for a voice over agency, or a professor giving lectures multiple times a week, practicing yoga will help strengthen your vocal chords so you can always be at your best.
Yoga is an aerobic activity, which means it’s incredibly beneficial for your lungs and heart. You may not be running, but your body does work hard when it contorts into various poses. The healthier your heart, the lower your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease. Pair that with healthy lungs, and you’ll feel less fatigued after prolonged or rigorous activities, such as singing or giving speeches.
Yoga breathing exercises, called Pranayama, are at the core of building strong voices. Slow breathing is the most effective for singers, and uses the lower part of the lungs and chest. Just as choirs and vocal coaches often take special care to emphasize proper breathing, yoga instructors guide you in exercises to help you breathe through your diaphragm, allowing you to have relaxed and controlled breaths.
As we spend our days hunched over our computer screens and mobiles, our posture strongly suffers. Yoga restores alignment to the vertical column, which means your body can breathe more deeply and your blood circulates more efficiently. Professionals who rely on their voices also need strong pectoral and abdominal muscles. Regularly practicing yoga with the correct posture tones these muscles, and gives the professional a stronger voice.
If you’re a person who would like to try singing and yoga at the same time, there are classes of voice yoga being offered across the globe. Search the web and see if there is a session being offered in your area. If you want to stick to traditional yoga, that’s all right too. It doesn’t matter if you practice yoga with an instructor or on your own. The bottom line is: the more you practice yoga, the stronger your voice will be.
02 May 2014 Leave a comment
Last month I had a terrible dry cough after exposure to some cold Colorado winds while taking nature walks. I would break out into a coughing episode anytime anywhere which was quite embarrassing. I tried cough suppressant but after I stopped taking them the choking coughs returned. eventually I realized I was taking too much of ginger and other heating spices in my food and decided to chew on 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel/saunf seeds followed by some water. My dry choking coughs stopped immediately after just one dose. I continued with some fennel tea and also chewing 1/4 tsp of fennel seeds after each meal and the cough disappeared in 2-3 days.
NOTE: Honey is extremely heating in nature and is great for coughs only if you have a lot of phlegm.
02 Feb 2014 2 Comments
Yesterday I started “Oil Pulling”. I had read about this therapy before, but it wasn’t until my sister persuaded me to give it a try that I started. She and her family recently began this therapy. The first day wasn’t fun, but today was relatively easier. I shall share any results in a future post. I used my cold pressed unfiltered sesame oil that I purchased from King Soopers.
According to http://www.oilpulling.com/:
Dr. (med.) Karach said the oilpulling(oil-pulling) heals totally “head-aches, bronchitis, tooth pain, thrombosis, eczema, ulcers and diseases of stomach, intestines, heart, blood, kidney, liver, lungs and women’s diseases. oil-pulling also heals diseases of nerves, paralysis, and encephalitis. It prevents the growth of malignant tumors, cuts and heals them. Chronic sleeplessness is cured.”
It also describes the correct method:
Step 1: First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of sunflower or sesame oil (or whatever oil you have chosen) into your mouth. We don’t recommend doing this process at any other time. Children can also do this with less quantity of oil provided they have control and practice not to swallow the oil.
(Selection and Questions on choosing the right oil Read Here )
Swish the oil around in your mouth without swallowing it. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth, as if it was mouthwash (don’t tilt your head back to gargle though). You’ll find that the oil will start to get watery as your saliva mixes with it. Keep swishing.If your jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you’re putting too much into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you’ll feel very comfortable. Pretty soon. There is no right way or wrong way to swish and pull oil. Don’t focus on doing it right. Do it with very natural movement. Do this gently, not vigorously, in a relaxed way for about 20 minutes. If you have the unbearable urge to swallow and if it becomes too unpleasant, spit out and try again. It can be a bit unpleasant at first when you’re not used to it, but soon won’t be bothersome at all, just like brushing your teeth. When the oil has become saturated with the toxins it has pulled out, it may become whitish and a thinner, milky consistency, depending on the type of oil used. Each time you oil pull, it can take a different amount of time to get to that point, so 20 minutes is a general rule of thumb, but you can experiment with this. If you spit out before 20 minutes. start again, the process is to make the oil swish enough time in your mouth so that it becomes a white thick substance which is an indication of process completion.
As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, Spit the oil out, then rinse the mouth with warm salt water. ( Just use normal table salt). Salt water rinsing isn’t absolutely necessary, but is very helpful as an antimicrobial and to soothe any inflammation and proven to be effective in rinsing out any toxins which may be left out in the mouth.
You can do the oil pulling every morning if you like, or several times a week. Because oil pulling method can be detoxifying, you might want to take a break sometimes. One immediate benefit everyone gets is, whiter teeth, clean mouth . There’s no rule about frequency – judge according to your own experience.
Pl. understand that this process works better in the morning. Don’t try to do this any time of the day. If for some reason it is absolutely not possible for you to practice this method in the morning, you can do this on an empty stomach at any time of the day. Empty stomach means the food is digested completely. Ideally after three or four hours of you taking any food. ( Lot depends on the food you are eating).
The website also lists the diseases that have responded to oil pulling therapy. You can read about them here: http://www.oilpulling.com/diseasescured.htm