Annadata Sukhi Bhava

Q: What is the meaning of ‘Annadata Sukhi Bhava’?

Guruji: ‘Annadata sukhi bhava’ means ‘those who are providing me with this food, let them be happy’. Will you all say this one mantra every day before your meals?

When you say this, you are wishing prosperity for three people. One is to the farmer; the second is to the trader who buys from the farmers and sells the produce, and the third is to the woman who cooks the food and serves it to you.

First, we wish well for the farmers. When the farmers are happy, then the ones who eat the food will also be happy. But, if the farmers are unhappy, and they are shedding tears and giving us food, then when we eat that food, we become sick. So, you must wish the farmers good health and happiness.

In this country we are ignoring the farmers. Farmers are committing suicide because they are sad and unhappy. When they are sad, then the food they produce brings us only misery. So, all of you should wish them happiness.

Second, we should wish well for the traders. If the merchants do their business properly, by not being greedy and not hoarding things, then there will be no dearth of food in the country. If there is a problem in our country, it is because of wrong government policies and the hoarding attitude of businessmen. As a result of this, it is the farmers who suffer the most. Can you imagine, three years ago, food companies were making 300 per cent profit, while the farmers were going bankrupt? This shows that there is a serious flaw in our system; we need to look into it. Hoarding is the biggest crime.

Third, we should wish well for the women at home who cook the food and serves it to us. There should be no tears in the eyes of the lady of the house who is cooking the food. It is not going to do you any good. So, when you say Annadata Sukhi Bhava every day, you are praying for the lady of the house to be happy; you are praying for the merchant to conduct his business in a fair and just manner (not out of greed), and you are wishing the farmer a happy life. If these three people are happy, then the society is happy.

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If negative thoughts, insecurities, doubts come into the mind, chant Om Namah Shivaya. This itself will put you on the right track.

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Both sleep and meditation refresh us but meditation can free us from past impressions. With regular practice of meditation, we are able to shake off our emotional garbage stored in our mind for years and feel rejuvenated.

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We Need to Make the Blood Alkaline

See, the kind of food that we eat in India is acidic in nature. Eating acidic food causes joint pain, lethargy and diseases in our body. So what should we do about this? We need to make the blood alkaline to balance this. So I would suggest you to drink alkaline water. Do this and see how it brings a change in your health.

All vegetables are alkaline, while fruits are mainly acidic. Spices, rice and even milk is acidic. So you need to change this. Two to three hours after your meals, you should drink some alkaline water. Do not drink it immediately before or after your food, as the food will not get digested properly.

How can you make water alkaline? Take one litre of water, put four cut pieces of cucumber and two small pieces of lemon in it. Keep this overnight and the water becomes alkaline. Drink a glass of this alkaline water two to three hours after your food. Or if you have already drunk some alkaline water, then you should leave a gap of at least one to two hours before you have eat your meals. Try this and see how the pH of your blood becomes better.

Reduce the quantity of grains and cereals in your meals. Food should get well digested. We eat so much and then it does not get digested well, because of which you experience cramps and aches in the body. So once every few days, do not have any grains or cereals in your meals at all, just have raw or boiled vegetables.

We have a tradition in our country that on the days of Ekadashi, we fast and do not take any grains. Why is this so? For 15 days we consume all sorts of grains and rice, and that creates acidity in the body. By fasting and avoiding grains completely for one day, that phenomenon (of acidity) gets reversed.

Nowadays we have left that tradition, or sometimes we do not get time to follow it properly. So, every two to three months, for a few days, you should only have boiled vegetables with a little salt, and no grains at all. Do this and see what good change you experience in your health.

We often boil vegetables too much, and drain away all the water in which the vegetables have been boiled. When we do this, all the nutrients are lost and we eat only the remaining portion, which is not very nutritious. You should not boil them too much, except potatoes.

Eating potatoes raw is no good. Usually in India, people often have tomatoes, potatoes and brinjals, and eat less of green vegetables. We should consume more of green vegetables.

Do you know, drumsticks are so rich in vitamins and minerals. It is said that the leaves of the drumstick tree have nutrition equal to 10 bananas and 20 oranges. Our body should get balanced and nutritious food.

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Padayatra

Q: Can you give us a message for padayatra? (Question from International Vedic Wisdom participants who are about to embark on padayatras as part of the program)

Guruji : Just go around and talk to people. Though India is a land of wisdom, unfortunately many have not realized it. For whatever reason, it has not reached to the common masses. The last two generations and a long colonial rule that India has undergone has sidelined or destroyed the wisdom. That is why many people are at loss. This is the reason we have padayatra so that whatever little wisdom we have, we can start sharing it with people, asking them to meditate and sing along. That is what a padayatra is all about. The people love it. When you go in a group and share with them, they will enjoy it.

In this country, unfortunately, the wisdom has been confined to certain sections of society or for some elite group only. It was not available for the masses. 

We need to re-instil the faith in unity, in diversity, freedom to worship, freedom to honour and co-exist, this is the root of ancient Vedic culture. Let’s honour everybody because the whole world is one family, this is the message we need to give. When we go on padayatra, tell people who are moving away from their roots to hold on to your roots. There is a deep sense of low self-esteem in this country that has to be removed. Because of the long colonial rule and other things, people don’t honour what they have and what they are. We need to tell them, “Hey it’s okay the way you are, your belief system is fine, there is nothing wrong. You won’t go to hell!” This reassurance is needed. That’s all we need to tell them — have faith in yourself, in your traditions, your customs and have a broad vision.

Fanaticism is no good. It’s not a sign of intelligence. Fanaticism is not a sign of intelligence. Intelligent people are very scientific, open, happy, inquisitive, innovative and they are an inspiration to others. Fanatics are scary, they will only bring you fear. They put fear in others. Yesterday when I was in Tamil Nadu, people were telling me, earlier in the villages, everyone ate together. For the Hindu festivals, Christians would all come, now in the last decade or so, the division has become much bigger. People say, “Don’t take prasadam (food offered to the divine) from the temple. Even if it is given, they just throw it on the floor because fear has been induced in the mind that if you eat prasadam or some food from a temple, you will go to hell. This is so unfortunate. People were sharing with me that this has become a big division among the three communities nowadays.  So you must tell the people that everyone is a child of God, there is no devil who will enter into you if eat your prasadam. Fear and guilt has been put into people’s mind to keep them aloof. This needs to be gotten rid of.

Om Namah Shivay

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आइये जानते हैं तुलसी के फायदे

1. तुलसी रस से बुखार उतर जाता है। इसे पानी में मिलाकर हर दो-तीन घंटे में पीने से बुखार कम हो जाता है।

2. कई आयुर्वेदिक कफ सिरप में तुलसी का इस्तेमाल अनिवार्य है।यह टी.बी,ब्रोंकाइटिस और दमा जैसे रोंगो के लिए भी फायदेमंद है।

3. जुकाम में इसके सादे पत्ते खाने से भी फायदा होता है।

4. सांप या बिच्छु के काटने पर इसकी पत्तियों का रस,फूल और जडे विष नाशक का काम करती हैं।

5. तुलसी के तेल में विटामिन सी,कै5रोटीन,कैल्शियम और फोस्फोरस प्रचुर मात्रा में होते हैं।

6. साथ ही इसमें एंटीबैक्टेरियल,एंटीफंगल और एंटीवायरल गुण भी होते हैं।

7. यह मधुमेह के रोगियों के लिए भी फायदेमंद है।साथ ही यह पाचन क्रिया को भी मज़बूत करती हैं।

8. तुलसी का तेल एंटी मलेरियल दवाई के तौर पर इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है। एंटीबॉडी होने की वजह से यह हमारी इम्यूनिटी भी बढा देती है।

9. तुलसी के प्रयोग से हम स्वास्थय और सुंदरता दोनों को ही ठीक रख सकते हैं।

सावधानी :

फायदे जानने के बाद तुलसी के सेवन में अति कर देना नुकसानदायक साबित होगा। क्योंकि इसकी तासीर गर्म होती है इसलिए दिन भर में 10-12 पत्तों का ही सेवन करना चाहिए। खासतौर पर महिलाओं के लिए भले ही तुलसी एक वरदान की तरह है लेकिन फिर भी एक दिन में पांच तुलसी के पत्ते पर्याप्त हैं। हां, इसका सेवन छाछ या दही के साथ करने से इसका प्रभाव संतुलित हो जाता है। हालांकि यह आर्थराइटिस, एलर्जी, मैलिग्नोमा, मधुमेह, वायरल आदि रोगों में फायदा पहुंचाती है। लेकिन गर्भावस्था के दौरान इसके सेवन का ध्यान रखना जरूरी है। गर्भावस्था के दौरान अगर दर्द ज्यादा होता है तब तुलसी के काढे से फायदा पहुंच सकता है। इसमे तुलसी के पत्तो को रात भर पानी मे भिगो दें और सुबह उसे क्रश करके चीनी के साथ खाएं ब्रेस्ट- फीडिंग के दौरान भी तुलसी का काढा फायदेमंद होता है। इसके लिए बीस ग्राम तुलसी का रस और मकई के पत्तों रस मिलाएं, इसमें दस ग्राम अश्वगंधा रस और दस ग्राम शहद मिला कर खाएं। तुलसी बच्चेदानी को स्वास्थ रखने के लिए भी सहायक है। हां, एक बात ध्यान रहे कि आपके स्वास्थ पर तुलसी के अच्छे और बुरे दोनों प्रभाव पड सकते हैं इसलिए महिलाओं के लिए हो या बच्चों के लिए, बिना आयुर्वेदाचार्य से परामर्श लिए इसका इस्तेमाल न करे।

ध्यान रहे तुलसी पूजनीय हें , इसका अपमान / अनादर न करें !

Om Namah Shivay

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Healthy foods that resemble parts of our body

Help your organs by eating them

If “you are what you eat,” then you’ll probably want to try eating more of these foods! All of the foods listed here bear a striking resemblance to the body part that they benefit health-wise.

Olives For ovaries

Olives resemble the female ovaries and are believed to be the best foods for them. They are rich in vitamin E, A and unsaturated fatty acids. For a healthy reproductive system eat olives.

Walnut for brain

Walnuts have a striking resemblance to the human brain, and have been recognized as one of the ultimate brain foods. Walnuts are a good source of omega-3, and have more antioxidants, folic acid and vitamin E than any other nut.

Grapefruits for breasts

Fruits such as the grapefruit are obviously round and resemble the shape of breasts. That’s not just a coincidence though! Grapefruit contains limonoids, which are known to help fight the development of cancer in the cells of human breasts.

Kidney beans for kidneys

These beans resemble the shape of kidneys and are a best remedy for kidney stones and other kidney-related problems. Drinking kidney bean water during the day can help reduce any pain associated with kidney stones.

Sweet potato for the pancreas

Sweet potato is good for diabetes, and since pancreas secrete insulin that reduces the sugar level, they are considered to be best foods for diabetic patients. Sweet potatoes have a low glycaemic index, therefore, it benefits the pancreas, especially in diabetic cases.

Carrot for eye

It is clear that a sliced carrot resembles an eye, it even has patterns of radiating lines that look just like the pupil and iris! Beta-carotene (what gives carrots their vibrant orange colour) helps to maintain healthy eyesight, protects against macular degeneration, and the development of cataracts.

Celery for bone

A stalk of celery resembles a bone, and they’re good for bones too. Celery contains silicon, which is part of what gives bones their strength. Here’s an astonishing fact: bones are 23% sodium, and celery is also 23% sodium.

Grapes for the lungs

A bunch of grapes resemble the alveoli present inside the lungs. A study has shown that resveratrol in red gapes can reduce the inflammation of the lungs and keep the lungs healthy.

Tomato for the heart

When you cut open a tomato, you will find chambers inside it just like the ones you see in a heart. Drinking tomato juice daily can reduce the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.

Mushroom for ear

A sliced mushroom has the shape and resemblance of a human ear, and mushrooms are good for ear health! They are a great source of vitamin D, which is essential for preventing hearing loss. So hear me out: eat your mushrooms.

Ginger for Stomach

Ginger looks like the stomach and aids in digestion! Ginger has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for stomach health. Gingerol, the ingredient that gives ginger it’s strong scent and taste, is listed in the USDA database of phytochemicals as having the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting.

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What’s So Amazing about Khichadi?-3

Here’s the basic equation:
Stress = Fat storing
No Stress = Fat burning

If you are attempting to detox heavy metals, preservatives, chemicals, pesticides and environmental toxins from your fat cells with a cleanse, make sure that you are not straining, or the amount of fat burned will be minimal.

Khichadi provides nourishment in the form of a complete protein that will keep the blood sugars stable during a cleanse. Otherwise, ironically, the body may react to the cleanse as a fat-storing emergency!

The goal of any effective cleanse should be to convince the body and the cells that life is not an emergency and that it is okay to burn that stored fat and release toxins. During a khichadi cleanse, you are eating this complete protein three meals a day, so there is no starvation response whatsoever. In fact, I always say that during our Colorado Cleanse and Short Home Cleanse, if you are straining or hungry than you are not getting the optimal benefits. The more comfortable you are the more fat you will burn.

Khichadi to Heal the Gut

In India, khichadi is often the first food for babies, not only because it is so easy to digest, it also heals and soothes the intestinal wall.

With 95 percent of the body’s serotonin produced in the gut, it is clear we process our stress through the intestinal wall. Chronic stress will irritate the intestinal wall and compromise digestion, the ability to detoxify through the gut, and cope with stress. During a Khichadi cleanse, the digestive system can heal. While we offer four dietary options in our Khichadi cleanses, eating just khichadi as a “mono diet” allows much of the digestion to be at rest during the cleanse, providing the nutrition needed to heal the gut and nourish the body.

Spiritual Practice and Deep Inner Calm

The state of fat metabolism facilitates a deep inner calm, making it the natural state for spiritual inquiry and practice. For this reason, khichadi was also fed to monks and ascetics to help.

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Having adequate protein to maintain blood sugar stability during a cleanse can facilitate feelings of inner peace and calm.
create a sense of stillness in which we gain greater access to old toxic emotional and behavior patterns. This is also why khichadi is the food of choice of Panchakarma, Ayurveda’s deepest detox retreat.

How to Make Khichadi

This recipe makes enough khichadi for three or four meals. You can play with the mixture of spices. Many people prefer this recipe when the spices are doubled, or even tripled.

Ghee is optional in this recipe. Optionally, you can start by browning the spices in a pan with 1-2 tbsp of ghee.

*A note on khichadi for cleansing: During a cleanse, we recommend that the khichadi be made with less or no ghee. Because ghee is a fat, it will slow the shift into fat metabolism. The less ghee you use, the deeper the cleanse. Outside of cleansing, as part of a regular diet, it is important to use ghee.

Om Namah Shivay

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What’s So Amazing about Khichadi?-2

Why Split Yellow Mung Beans?

To be called khichadi, the rice has to be cooked with a legume. Traditionally, that legume was split yellow mung dal beans. These are the only legumes that are classified as “vata balancing” in Ayurveda. This means that, unlike every other type of beans or lentils, they will not produce any intestinal gas.

Split yellow mung beans also have their husk naturally removed. When they are split, the husk, which is very hard to digest and gas producing, naturally falls off. This process naturally renders them much easier to cook, digest, and assimilate.

A Perfect Protein

The combination of rice and beans has been a staple around the world for 10,000 years, and for good reason. You have probably heard the term “complete protein,” but let’s take a minute to really understand what that means.

There are 20 amino acids that combine with one another to make the proteins the body needs. 10 of them, the body can synthesize on its own. The other 10, called essential amino acids, the body does not make, meaning we must get it from our foods. Animal proteins are “complete” in that they contain all ten essential amino acids, but plant foods need to be combined to make a “complete protein.”

Split_Yellow_Mung_Beans

According to Ayurveda, split yellow mung beans are the one type of beans or lentils that will not produce gas.

Rice, like most grains, is very low in the amino acid lysine. As a result, if you live on grains alone, you will likely become protein deficient. Legumes and lentils, on the other hand, have lots of lysine, but they are generally low in methionine, tryptophan and cystine. Fortunately, grains are high in these three amino acids.

So the marriage of rice and beans, as found in khichadi, has been providing the 10 essential amino acids and making complete proteins for cultures around the world for thousands of years. For cultures that have subsisted on a plant-based diet, this marriage is often what allows their diet to be nutritionally sustainable.

Khichadi for Cleansing

During a cleanse, it is essential to have adequate protein to keep the blood sugar stable and the body burning fat.
One of the most common reasons folks have trouble with cleansing is due to unstable blood sugars made worse by the detox process. During a fast, for example, you are asked to drink only water, juice or veggies. For many, this type of austere fasting can be a strain and deplete blood sugar reserves. Then folks get really hungry, irritable, and end up with a low blood sugar headache or crash. While the goal of a fast is to shift the body into fat metabolism and detox the fat cells, this will not happen if the body is under stress and strain as a result of a difficult fast.

Om Namah Shivay

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