NLAM Travel Diaries #EP-13 REMOTE DRONAGIRI VILLAGE IN HIMALAYAS, INTERVIEW ABOUT HERBS & CUSTOMS, India

NLAM presents 13th episode of short video documentaries about traditional healers , ethno-medicine; local customs & cultures in India. These are made during excursions to heritage village and exclusive valleys to collect Vedic herbs and documenting traditional knowledge.

The name “Dronagiri” is of great significance in Indian culture. The Ramayana makes strong mention of it  as the mountain lifted by Lord Hanuman and transported it to Lanka to procure the mystical Sanjeevani herb to revive Sri Laxmana. The mountain contained many miraculous herbs and Lord Hanumana was short of time to select the one required as instructed by the vaidya sage Sushena. This chain of events has been rooted in the traditions of locals of Dronagiri village who do not worship Lord Hanumana here as he uprooted their life giving mountain. Located at 3750 m (abmsl), Dronagiri is the highest inhabited village in the pristine Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (NDBR). The village becomes desolate in winter  and people leave for lower habitations.They leave their houses empty and food stocked (interestingly potatoes which do not get rancid even after 6-8 moths). They return in late May and only enter the houses after a ritual to ward off spirits. Being located at such inhospitable terrain and being cut for most parts with civilisation they have immense knowledge of herbs and harsh survival techniques. I hope going this journey opens up new perspective to less known land…

 

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NLAM Travel Diaries #EP-08 , Zachung mystical Buddhist worship centre, Arunachal Pradesh

NLAM presents 8th episode of short video documentaries about traditional healers , ethno-medicine & local customs & culturesin India. These are made during excursions to heritage village & exclusive valleys to collect Vedic herbs & documenting traditional knowledge. A short interview with local resident Guru from Tuting. He takes us on an trip to the ancient village of Zido where Buddha is worshipped in form of a natural stone sculpture Zachung. The natural oil that exudates from it is a medicine. The beliefs are rooted in ancient yogini worship. Insights..

This interview is part of NLAM project to document traditional & ethnic customs and medicines towards Ayurveda, Yoga & Tantra.

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Knowledge presented here is for educational and awareness purposes. Please do not self-medicate. Use proper guidance of a qualified Ayurveda physician for the same.

 

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NLAM Diaries # Ep 02 Traditional Uses of Deodar Tree for Women , Jibhi Himachal Pradesh India

In this short video, I cover the traditional and folk know how about Cedrus deodar. Known as Devdaru in Sanskrit (Ayurveda ) and used in many formulations, in folk traditions there is innate differences about its nature and use. Kashta Deodar , Telya Devdar. Telya Devdar is a very useful medicine for women. Watch on NLAM youtube channel to know more.

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Knowledge presented here is for educational and awareness purposes. Please do not self-medicate. Use proper guidance of a qualified Ayurveda physician for the same.
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AYURVEDA FOR WOMEN (VIDEO LECTURE)

A video lecture recorded during my visit to Connecticut USA, 2016 has been edited and put up in 5 Episodes. A playlist has been created which I am embedding here. Hope it is helpful to all of you readers.
(Video quality is not good, audio quality enhanced but basic. Do use headphones)

Contents as Follows
1. Introduction to Ayurveda for Women
2. Dinacharya
3. Spices for health
4. Common ailments q&A
5. Common ailments q&A

 

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SUMMARISING THE BLOG THROUGH AN AUDIO LECTURE ON SPICES

Hello Readers of the blog

Sharing an audio lecture on spices by me to a group of Ayurveda students and enthusiast.  This lecture gives an overview of Ayurveda fundamentals, food preparation tips, eating sleeping times and use of spices as medicine. The fundamentals of this lecture are in lieu with many aspects of this blog which have been discussed through the articles ad comments. In a nutshell the lecture gives a summary of many points that have been discussed. As the blog is getting expansive many comments and questions get overlapped and much data is lost in the loops and threads. I hope this lecture may help you in understanding certain fundamentals of human body and in your quest for health and self healing.

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Decoding Vedic Astrology

Astrology has its own love hate relationships. A very respected person from field of science once said to me, “If 1/2 of the world believes in Astrology, that does not make Astrology valid“. I could understand his predicament because the converse may also apply  that If rest half of the world does not believe in Astrology then they stand invalid. If we look at the reasons why Astrology is not considered as a serious option by many and as mere form of entertainment or anxiety is because of the way its concepts and ideas are viewed. Predicting events through astral charts, using some attractive stones to alter and influence thoughts etc; are often subjected to ridicule. Questions like
Why does a huge planet like Jupiter is seeking out just me?
How can the sun just identify me ?“;
Is the saturn fed up with his rings that he is meddling in my business ?
may have been a part of conversations and humorous discussions in many lives. So let us try and evaluate these concepts from a logical point of view.  Continue reading

Rudraksha , the holy bead for Women, Myths, Facts and Benefits

Rudraksha beads have been synonymous with the spiritual history of India . The beads are known to increase ones spiritual energy and help one work their way to Moksha. Taking into account the vast literary history of Indian Vedic tradition the authentic information about Rudraksha is very sparse. This has led to many MYTHS, DOUBTS about the usage of Rudraksha.

There is a general belief that Rudraksha must not be worn by women and the bead is just a males dominion. I would like to discuss here about the authenticity of these beliefs and would carry the conversation forward about the methodology of Rudraksha usage for spiritual and health benefits.  Continue reading

Ayurveda Massage, Do’s & Dont’s

Ayurveda considers massage (oleation/ snehan) as one of the pre-procedures (Purva karma) to the main five procedures (Panchakarma). Through ages Ayurveda massage has gone through so many transitions that in todays world it is considered one of the prime therapies and has been propagated as an way of commerce. Hence its imperative to know the rules put down in the ancient text about Ayurveda massage to maximize its therapeutic potential.

Many of the therapist who practice Ayurveda massage outside India have prominently undertaken an 3- 5 week study in certification of Panchakarma. In such courses most of the time emphasis is given on massage techniques with minimal importance to history taking since Ayurveda massage forms a part of hospitality industry and tourism. However a bit of history taking may help in selecting clients and advising them likewise which may add to your repute. The following is an list of symptoms when one should avoid massage or only indulge if the proper methodology is known. There are many conditions a therapist needs to be watchful about but i have enlisted the most important ones.  Continue reading