Quick and Effective cure for Dyspepsia

Two weeks ago I experienced churning pain and weird bubbly sensations in my stomach. At the time, I couldn’t figure out what it was as it was something I had never experienced. But after some learning, I found out it was dyspepsia. Thinking back I had recently been consuming more than usual cheese. I usually eat a moderate balanced diet.

 

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To return balance to my system, first of all, I stopped consuming all spicy and hot foods as well as dairy for  2-3 days. Before my meal, I consumed about 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil and after I chewed 1/2 a teaspoon of fennel seeds. I also drizzled ghee on my soup, dal or whatever it was I ate. You can also sip fennel tea. Within 2 days balance was restored.

Ghee, coconut oil, and fennel are cooling in nature. All three are an antidote to pitta (increased bile). Ghee and fennel are known to aid in digestion.

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New Blog on Bhagavatam

Just wanted to let you know that I have started a new blog where I will be sharing simple summaries of each chapter of Srimad Bhagavatam.  Those interested can join me on this journey by visiting below:

https://srimadbhagavatamblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/chapter-1

 

Meditation

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Pleasant Versus Good

DSC_5837The problem with us today is that

We all want peace of mind, but don’t want to meditate

We want to get in shape but without exercising and eating healthy

We want positivity around us, but ourselves bring a negative cloud of heavy energy to a space

We want happiness, but can’t let go of negative habits

Why?

Because positive change requires commitment.

Commitment requires discipline

Discipline is no fun-it is unpleasant

We seek what is pleasant

Instead of seeking what is good

So what do we do?

Complain

Complain about how we have no time

Because it makes us come across as noble

When the reality is that we don’t like to feel unpleasant sensations

If we are willing to trade in the pleasant for the good, we will find ample time

Not just for ourselves but for others too.

“That which seems like poison at first, but tastes like nectar in the end, is said to be happiness in the mode of goodness. It is generated by the pure intellect that is situated in self-knowledge.”

“Happiness is said to be in the mode of passion when it is derived from the contact of the senses with their objects. Such happiness is like nectar at first but poison at the end.”

 ~ Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 18 Verse 37,verse 38)

 

 

 

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Do We Need a Guru?

Hello Everyone!

Moving forward I will respond to email messages that are not of personal nature and that I believe might be of interest to everyone right here.

Question: I think We need a GURU for MEDITATION or YOGA or a MANTRA.
Mere Instructions are not good right? Am I wrong?

Answer: Depends on the person and also on one’s journey.

Let’s say in a classroom there are 50 students. Now each student has a different intellectual capacity. They have the same teacher, but not every student will grasp or understand everything equally and score an A+ in class. Some will have to work harder and will need lot more help and guidance while some will be able to shine with very little involvement of the teacher.

Similarly whether one needs a guru for yoga, pranayama and meditation will depend on the person.  They are in a position to better assess and determine that for themselves.

Someone who is interested in yoga asanas, meditation, pranayama etc as part of a basic healthy living regimen don’t necessarily need a spiritual guru. Any qualified yoga teacher can help them. Then you have the ones who are on a serious spiritual journey and want to further and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the metaphysical or rarer still-are seeking self-realization. In this case you can still learn a lot on your own but you will eventually get to a point where you will thirst for a guru. And finding such a guru is not easy either.

Some people have gurus, but really use them as a crutch to get them through their life’s problems. Seeking words of wisdom is one thing but running to them with every little problem is another.

Regarding mantras: I personally (based on my own experience) believe that if you feel particularly drawn to a mantra you can make it your mantra. Sometimes it can be a mantra that you need in your life at that point in time. Maybe one is facing fear of illness, accident, disease then one chants the Mahamrityunjaya mantra.  If one is looking for wisdom, true knowledge then one might find themselves drawn to the Gayatri mantra. You might have a mantra based on your birth rashi/zodiac.

 

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Raising your Vibration from Low to High-How to Make the Shift

Bliss and sorrow cannot co-exist. Where there is bliss there is no experience of sorrow. Where there is sorrow, bliss cannot be experienced.Bliss is experienced when you vibrate at the highest frequency. Sorrow, sickness, disease, stress, negativity, pessimism etc. is experienced when you vibrate at a much lower frequency.

If the mind is peaceful and body is relaxed prana will flow freely through the body. When prana flows freely, because there is no resistance within, your vibrational frequency will increase. If you can maintain this uplifted state you will feel positive, happy, forgiving, and grateful. Your face will glow. Body will be free of pain and suffering. You will naturally think fewer and uplifting thoughts and the mind will be peaceful. You will have an overall sense of well-being, peace and positivity without trying to force it.  You will feel drawn to activities, thoughts and people with higher vibration. You will be naturally drawn to healthy fresh foods which is why I don’t want to lecture you on eating healthy or stressing the importance of being around positive people. It will start happening on its own.

Two factors are at the core of increasing one’s vibrational frequency:

  • Think fewer thoughts
  • The few thoughts you have should be positive or neutral

Both can be successfully accomplished through conscious effort and awareness. In order to be positive and to stay positive you have to make a shift.  This shift is not easy because we don’t live in a perfect blissful world where everything is just the way we want it to be. But once you’ve made that positive shift from low to high vibration you won’t be easily dragged down by most everyday lows and stressors. You can make this shift.

The most powerful ways to make that shift and to enjoy lasting results are:

  • Mantra Chanting or Japa: Mantra chanting is very effective if done correctly. If you find it hard to meditate then this might be a great way to get yourself in a meditative state of mind and experience a positive state of mind.

If you don’t feel the emotion of the mantra, chanting it is useless. Each word we understand conjures up an image and a feeling. If I ask you to repeat and focus on these words- fresh sandalwood paste or cool fragrant jasmine flowers you visualize and feel something good. Now chant this all day while doing your chores or while multitasking. You won’t feel anything. You will just mechanically repeat these words.

When I say sapascoffragmine and tell you this is a very powerful and effective mantra so chant it daily. Will you feel anything? There is no image or thought or feeling you can associate with it because you don’t know what it means. (I just made it up by borrowing a few letters from sandalwood paste cool fragrant jasmine  J ).

So when you chant a mantra it is good to know the meaning/significance of each word or at least the gist of it. It is also important to focus on each word and feel it completely which is why the correct way of chanting is to sit down and do it for at least one round of the rosary instead of doing it while driving or doing dishes and laundry, or cooking or whatever mindless chore you are doing. The rosary helps you keep track of how long you have been chanting without distracting you. The more rounds you do the better you will feel. This is why chanting while doing chores is useless, because after repeating a mantra 3-5 times you will get distracted. The whole point of chanting is to improve our focus and concentration; to lessen our thoughts so that our mind is not scattered any more. A scattered mind will make you feel depleted and irritable and negative which can manifest in any form of anger or irritability.

Choosing the mantra: you will either be recommended a mantra (based on your horoscope or a guru depending on what you need at that stage of your life.)

If you pick your own mantra you will tend to be drawn to one based on what you need at that time in your life. Sometimes you will find yourself changing mantras until you find the right one for you. Because you are looking for that which is lacking in you. You are drawn to the vibration of the mantra based on what is missing and very much needed in you at that phase of your life. If you like a certain color it is because you have less of it in you.  That’s when people use color therapy or gemstone therapy, but that’s a topic for another day.

Do at least one round of the rosary. This will come to 108 repetitions. This is just the minimum. But if this is v important to you and you are willing to put in the time and effort for the gains then do at least 3 rounds or 324 repetitions. This will take anywhere between 15 -30 minutes depending on the length of the mantra. The more you do the more you will benefit. Last month I did 10 rounds of a mantra. It took me 2 hours. But after the fifth round I could feel certain sensations and vibrations in my brain. By the end I felt extremely uplifted, strong, positive, confident happy and fearless. I do three rounds daily in the evening and the results are undeniable. I went from feeling a low 2 on the scale to feeling a 10- grounded and positively uplifted; Poised and fearless at the same time.

Withdrawing your senses is a precursor to concentration and concentration is a precursor to meditation. When you chant a mantra (japa) you are withdrawing your senses and working on concentration by focusing on each aspect of the mantra. When you can maintain your concentration it becomes meditation. After several rounds of japa (you will know when) don’t be in a rush to get up. Just sit silently in the moment for a while before you open your eyes and get up.

  • Meditation: 30-45 minutes of regular meditation will help us reduce our thoughts, and uplift and strengthen our mind.  When the ancient seers meditated, it wasn’t to relieve stress.  It was to gain knowledge; Not text book knowledge, but transcendental knowledge. Today meditation is recommended to relieve stress and to uplift the mind. I have shared lots of information on meditation in my previous posts along with their benefits so I will re-post those links for your convenience.

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/,

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/prescription-meditation/

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/meditation-2/

https://yachnayoga.wordpress.com/meditation/i-will-start-meditating-tomorrow/

While meditation or mantra japa will help you make the big shift, the day to day tips below are recommended as an adjunct.

  • When you practice any activity do it with awareness and attention. So if you practice yoga and pranayama, practice with awareness.  Your mind, body and spirit should become one.  If you are mechanically and mindlessly doing the poses but your mind is wandering to all the useless or negative stuff, you won’t get anything out of your session.
  • Spend time in nature.

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  • Read a positive and uplifting article or book before bedtime.
  • Watch happy shows that make you laugh. Watch educational/inspiring shows.
  • These days our minds are scattered and agitated most of the time. Cut down multi-tasking. Spend less time on social media. With instant messaging, whatsapp, FB etc our minds are scattered in many different directions. Minimize such distractions. Unfollow certain ‘friends’ so you cannot see their posts and place them on the restricted list so they can’t see your posts. This will distance their orbits from the nucleus of your life.

Quick Fix and most effortless methods to improve your vibration when you are feeling very low. Sometimes you might feel really low on energy and down in spirits and in need of a quick fix in.

  • SMILE-it will help diffuse a lot of that negative energy. Just smile. You might feel silly smiling for no reason and might even say-“How can I smile when I’m not happy?” OR “I’ll smile when things are better.” But trust me –smile and things will be better because you will start feeling better. Don’t argue with yourself against smiling. Don’t say anything. Just smile for no reason. When you wake up in the morning just smile without a reason. Set your morning alarm with this positive reminder to SMILE.
  • MUSIC: Play your favorite upbeat music. No sad tunes. Just something that makes you want to get up and dance.  Notice how it quickly alters your mood to a lighter state.
  • Call a friend: Call a friend and talk to them about everything except what’s weighing you down. By the time you are done with the phone call you will feel so much better. But if you just discuss what’s weighing on your mind (especially if these are just repetitive stale thoughts you recycle daily) then you will only feel worse afterwards. So steer your conversation away from anything that will perpetuate your low vibration state.
  • Shopping: Going shopping/window shopping is definitely a distraction that can help you out of low spirits.
  • Watch a funny show or movie

Why is it that the people we care for a lot are the ones who end up hurting us the most?

Why is it that the people we care for a lot are the ones who end up hurting us the most?

When you invest yourself in people you know there is at some subconscious or even conscious level an expectation that your efforts will be reciprocated in equal magnitude. When it is not reciprocated we get hurt.

If you are a naturally giving person by heart and tend to give of yourself, it is best to give your time and effort to other causes, to people who actually need help.

When you give a bag of food and clothes to a homeless person do you ever carry any expectation that one day that homeless person will help you or reciprocate your kindness?

No. Not at all. You don’t even remember the face of the person you helped. You feel satisfied and you move on; there is a feeling of happiness and freedom.

This feeling is missing when you invest a lot of yourself in people you know-friends/family/relatives.  The reality is – They don’t need so much of you. They are quite capable. So there is really no need to be giving so much of yourself to them. Save that part of yourself for those who need you, not those who take advantage of your generosity; OR when helping friends and family adopt a different mentality-that of charity. When you do charity there is automatically no feeling of expectation.

INSTEAD OF HELPING NEEDY PEOPLE-HELP PEOPLE IN NEED.

Two major things will be accomplished by adopting this:

– Emotional freedom and contentment deep down for you, and

– The world will be a better place:)

“One is never wounded by the love one gives, only by the love one expects.”
Marty Rubin

Actions are good or bad not based on their external appearance but the intent with which they were performed.

Actions are good or bad not based on their external appearance but the intent with which it was performed.

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Every action has defects, just as fire is covered by smoke. When we walk on the earth, we unknowingly kill millions of tiny living entities. In our occupational duties, no matter how careful we are in the fulfillment of our duties, we still end up harming the environment and hurting others. Even if we eat a cup of yogurt, we still incur the sin of destroying the living entities that reside in it. Some religious sects try to reduce this involuntary killing by tying a cloth over their mouth. Even this does not fully eliminate the destruction of living entities in our breath.

When we perform our actions with the intention of fulfilling our self-interest, we are culpable for the sins we commit, knowingly or unknowingly. In accordance with the law of karma, we have to reap their karmic reactions. Good works can also be binding because they oblige the soul to go to the celestial abodes to enjoy their results. Thus, both bad and good karmas result in the continuity of the cycle of birth and death. However, the Bhagvad Gita gives a simple solution for destroying all karmic reactions of work which is the renunciation of selfishness when performing any action.

Resource: http://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/9/verse/28

Tranquility and Equanimity

Lake Bierstadt, Colorado, yachnayoga

Lake Bierstadt, Colorado, yachnayoga

Tranquility can be likened to a still lake, equanimity to a powerful,
unmoving mountain. To call on these two attributes, I (Swami Shankaranda) suggest the following:

1. For tranquility visualize a still, quiet lake and let your mind become
as still as the lake you imagine.

2. For equanimity imagine yourself to be as strong and immovable as
a mountain. Visualize moving through your day with that strength
and certainty.

~ Swami Shankarananda, Happy For No Good Reason

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